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From liberation to turmoil: social media and democracy

Barberá, Pablo, Tucker, Joshua A., Theocharis, Yannis and Roberts, Margaret E. (2017) From liberation to turmoil: social media and democracy. Journal of Democracy, 28 (4). pp. 46-59. ISSN 1045-5736

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Identification Number: 10.1353/jod.2017.0064

Abstract

How can one technology—social media—simultaneously give rise to hopes for liberation in authoritarian regimes, be used for repression by these same regimes, and be harnessed by antisystem actors in democracy? We present a simple framework for reconciling these contradictory developments based on two propositions: 1) that social media give voice to those previously excluded from political discussion by traditional media, and 2) that although social media democratize access to information, the platforms themselves are neither inherently democratic nor nondemocratic, but represent a tool political actors can use for a variety of goals, including, paradoxically, illiberal goals.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://muse.jhu.edu/journal/98
Additional Information: © 2017 Project MUSE
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 11 Apr 2018 11:37
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 02:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87405

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