In the past decade, social media messages have become a mainstay of our public discourse, from what was then considered innovative and even risky use of social media during President Obama’s first campaign to the almost daily tweets now sent by President Trump. How have social media changed election campaigning, our political dialogue, and the way in which Americans inform themselves about politics? What concerns does the reliance on social media for political information raise in terms of news gatekeeping? How have social media facilitated the organization of social movements and encouraged participation in them such as Arab Spring, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, and many more?
Panel Discussion: The Influence of Social Media on Politics and Social Movements
Monday, February 26, 2018