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Networking democracy? Social media innovations and participatory politics

Loader, B. D., & Mercea, D.
Information Communication & Society, 14 (6), (S. 757–769).
2011

Early conceptions of digital democracy as a virtual public sphere or civic commons have been replaced by a new technological optimism for democratic renewal based upon the open and collaborative networking characteristics of social media. This article provides an introduction to a special issue of the international journal Information, Communication & Society, which attempts to present a grounded analysis of these claims drawing upon evidence-based research and analysis. A more cautious approach is suggested for the potential of social media to facilitate more participative democracy while acknowledging its disruptive value for challenging traditional interests and modes of communicative power.

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Loader, B. D., & Mercea, D. (2011). Networking democracy? Social media innovations and participatory politics. Information Communication & Society, 14(6), 757–769.