Social media and citizen engagement : The hopes, the fears and the empirical evidence

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66 - 72
Journal / PublicationPolitika Annual Journal
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013


In recent years, we have witnessed a surge in popular and scholarly interest in the power of social media-based movements to challenge authority and hierarchy and promote individual freedom and democracy. While the dominant discourse on the topic can be described as ranging somewhere between techno-optimistic and techno-utopian, other views—realistic, skeptical and dystopian, have also emerged.

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  • Social Media, Technology, Democracy