From liberation to turmoil : social media and democracy


Tucker, Joshua ; Theocharis, Yannis ; Roberts, Margaret ; Barberá, Pablo


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2017.0064
URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320275064...
Additional URL: https://www.journalofdemocracy.org/article/liberat...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2017
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of democracy
Volume: 28
Issue number: 4
Page range: 46-59
Place of publication: Baltimore, MD
Publishing house: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISSN: 1045-5736 ; 1086-3214
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
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.

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