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Political Hashtag Trends (PHT) is an analysis tool for political left-vs.-right polarization of Twitter hashtags. PHT computes a leaning for trending, political hashtags in a given week, giving insights into the polarizing U.S. American issues on Twitter. The leaning of a hashtag is derived in two steps. First, users retweeting a set of “seed users” with a known political leaning, such as Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, are identified and the corresponding leaning is assigned to retweeters. Second, a hashtag is assigned a fractional leaning corresponding to which retweeting users used it. Non-political hashtags are removed by requiring certain hashtag co-occurrence patterns. PHT also offers functionality to put the results into context. For example, it shows example tweets from different leanings, it shows historic information and it links to the New York Times archives to explore a topic in depth. In this paper, we describe the underlying methodology and the functionality of the demo.
Research shows that news coverage of protest groups that challenge the status quo treats them relatively critically. To develop a more precise understanding of such coverage, this study content analyzes an international set of newspapers (N = 220) to explore the relationships between a protest group’s goals and tactics on resulting news coverage. The findings indicate that a group’s tactics—more than its goals—play a substantial role in affecting coverage. Furthermore, the findings also show that the protest issue and location indirectly affect coverage through their relationship to a group’s tactics. Implications for journalists and protesters alike are discussed.
Some recent studies have illustrated a positive relationship between social media use and political participation among young people. Researchers, however, have operationalized social media usage differently. This article adopts a multidimensional approach to the study of the impact of social media. Focusing on Facebook (FB), the most widely utilized social networking site in Hong Kong, this study examines how time spent on FB, exposure to shared political information, network size, network structural heterogeneity, and direct connection with public political actors relate to young people’s online and offline political participation. Analysis of a survey of university students (N = 774) shows that participation is explained most prominently by direct connection with public political actors, followed by exposure to shared political information. These two variables also mediate the impact of other dimensions of FB use on political participation.
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(2013). Parsing the Power of “New Media” in Malaysia. Journal of Contemporary Asia.
While “new media” have substantially altered the landscape for information dissemination and social mobilisation, these media are neither all alike in their ideological leanings or intentions, nor independently capable of identity transformation and mobilisation. The paper explores these new media in the context of Malaysia since the late 1990s. It differentiates among news sites and organisational websites, which transmit (often previously proscribed) information to domestic and foreign audiences, with potentially significant effects on “civicness” and mobilisation; blogs, which tend to be primarily personalised, monological and often unfiltered; and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which have eroded the anonymity of online interaction but represent the apex of self-selected communities. “Old media” still populate this landscape as well, from newspapers and other media sources, to public lectures, to leaflets and other ad hoc publications. Even apart from common caveats as to who has access, criteria for evaluation of these new and old media as tools for political change must vary, including differing degrees of information-provision and edification, interest articulation and aggregation, and transformation of collective identities so as to enable new patterns of mobilisation for collective action.
Unlawful and yet peaceful demonstrations could have been interpreted as serious offences by the many fragile and newly democratic regimes of the 1990s. But not today. Protesters need protection from harsh crackdowns.
The ‘Arab Spring’ brought enthusiasm and hope in the Middle East that corrupt despot leaders will be toppled; and the optimists in the Arab World were anticipating that an offspring of the ‘Arab Spring’ would be the eradication (or at least the diminishing) of corruption in the Arab world. This has yet to materialise and that offspring is not only an infant but still in the incubator. The main expected offspring was the birth of democracy in the Arab world and the accompanying people power; at least in having a voice and right to participate in choosing their leaders. The current events in Egypt seem to suggest that the citizenry are expressing their voice and people power not necessarily via the election ballots but through the street demonstrations.
"The growing use of digital media by political actors of all kinds (including politicians, journalists, activists, and religious leaders) has given rise to a thriving literature, albeit one that is divided along disciplinary and technological...
Postill, J. 2012. Digital politics and political engagement. In H. Horst and D. Miller (eds) Digital Anthropology. Oxford: Berg.
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