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    Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?

 

In 2016, the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump resolutely demonstrated the political power of social media. David Beer asks how we might better understand ‘influence’ in the machinations of social media, and how this influence might be harnessed by those in, or seeking, office.

 

One of the most interesting features of the new types of social media analytics […]

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    Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Is Facebook a site of political engagement for young people?

Young people may be turning away from traditional sites of politics, but that does not mean that they are apolitical. In a recent co-authored article, Ariadne Vromen argues that Facebook is an important site of political engagement for youth in the UK, USA and Australia.

 

There can be little doubt that the institutions and practices of modern representative government have been […]

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    How Leave won Twitter: an analysis of 7.5m Brexit-related tweets

How Leave won Twitter: an analysis of 7.5m Brexit-related tweets

How do tweets map onto the Brexit vote? Neatly, it turns out.  Stefan Bauchowitz and Max Hänska collected more than 7.5 million Brexit-related tweets in the run-up to the referendum. They found Leavers were more active than supporters of Remain, despite the younger profile of social media users.

How did Eurosceptic (Leave) and pro-European (Remain) activity compare on social media […]

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    UKIP energy: promoting distrust and climate scepticism on social media

UKIP energy: promoting distrust and climate scepticism on social media

While researching UKIP attitudes to renewable energy projects in rural Britain, Matt Reed uncovered how social media is being used to promote climate change scepticism. Here, he demonstrates how UKIP is part of a wider wave of ‘anti-reflexive movements’, promoting distrust and doubt to further certain political ends.

Most political actors now use social media to promote and explain their […]

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    What the social media campaigns are saying about the EU referendum

What the social media campaigns are saying about the EU referendum

There are just three weeks left until the EU referendum vote and the official groups have been cranking up the volume with their online campaigning. Here, Simon Usherwood and Katharine A. M. Wright talk through the social media campaigns.
The past week has seen the highest number of tweets from all the groups we have followed since late February: all but one of the […]

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    Amplified messages: How hashtag activism and Twitter diplomacy converged at #ThisIsACoup – and won

Amplified messages: How hashtag activism and Twitter diplomacy converged at #ThisIsACoup – and won

Online activism is a frequently debated topic amongst journalists and researchers alike. What effect can a popular Twitter hashtag really have in achieving political or social change? Wasim Ahmed looks in depth at last year’s heavily tweeted #ThisIsACoup hashtag. While concrete outcomes may still be indeterminate, it is clear social media is now a rich space for activism, expressions of solidarity […]

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    Humans are losing the battle against social media algorithms

Humans are losing the battle against social media algorithms

Social media has become infrastructural to our society in a very literal sense, argues Tero Karppi. Computer systems are making decisions for us quicker than we can comprehend and a single tweet can knock billions off the stock market. Studying smaller failures and crashes helps us challenge and take control of this situation, hopefully before the next major crash.

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Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker?

Graphic images of the senseless tragedy in Woolwich on Wednesday were displayed prominently by the mainstream media. Charlie Beckett asks whether the media should have done this or if some images are better left unpublished.   Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker? For me the simple answer is ‘yes’, but that each of these cases must be put […]

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