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Facebook was not a hotbed of political activity during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election

Carlisle, Juliet and Patton, Rob (2013) Facebook was not a hotbed of political activity during the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. LSE American Politics and Policy (18 Dec 2013). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

The 2008 election which saw President Barack Obama elected was hailed as the first ‘Facebook election’. But was Facebook really a ‘hotbed’ for political activity in that election? Using data from questionnaires and Facebook profiles, Juliet Carlisle and Rob Patton take a close look at the nature of political engagement on Facebook during the 2008 election. They find that the variables that are known to predict political participation in the offline world, such as sex and parental income, are not predictors of political activity in the Facebook environment. They also find, surprisingly, that those with more friends and who belong to more Facebook groups are less likely to be politically active.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Collections > LSE American Politics and Policy (USAPP) Blog
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 09:46
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58399

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