The Digital Public Sphere

Social Media as Social and Political Participation

Authored by: Saba Bebawi

International Handbook of Media Literacy Education

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138645493
eBook ISBN: 9781315628110
Adobe ISBN: 9781317240068


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Social media users play a fundamental role in reporting social issues and political conflict within the digital public sphere, particularly at times when journalists do not have access to events on the ground. This, in turn, has marked a shift in media power whereby traditional media have had to rely on social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and blogs for the coverage of events. This chapter discusses how social media users have, therefore, become equipped with the digital media literacy required to become active participants in political reporting and social change within the digital public sphere.

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