(Not) Under My Umbrella : Political Engagement and Polarization on Facebook and Online Forums during the 2014 Hong Kong Protests

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2015

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Title65 annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA, 2015), preconference: New Media and Citizenship in Asia: Civic Engagement for Sustainable Development across the Life Span
PlaceUnited States
CitySan Juan
Period21 - 25 May 2015

Abstract

This study focuses on social media use among university students in Hong Kong during the 2014 protests. To this end, a survey of students was conducted to examine their media use habits and their protest-related behaviors. A total 769 students from public tertiary institutions in Hong Kong filled out the questionnaire distributed on the main university campuses. Our results show that the students who spent more days and nights at the protests and engaged in more protest activities also used Facebook and online forums more extensively to mobilize, express their opinions and discuss protest-related issues. Still, we also find that the frequency of hiding posts and comments with dissenting views, deleting Facebook friends, and using uncivil language was generally low, but was still significantly higher among the more engaged group of student protesters. We interpret these findings as evidence that maintaining the protest zeal and high levels of offline participation during the protests is related not only to increased online mobilization, discussion and engagement, but also in parallel to intensified shielding from dissenting or critical views online.

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(Not) Under My Umbrella : Political Engagement and Polarization on Facebook and Online Forums during the 2014 Hong Kong Protests. / SKORIC, Marko; SHEN, Fei Chris; ZHU, Qinfeng.

2015. Paper presented at 65 annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA, 2015), preconference: New Media and Citizenship in Asia: Civic Engagement for Sustainable Development across the Life Span, San Juan, United States.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)