Social media today

by Lucia Mati on October 13, 2013

in Activism,Social Movements


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Social media has become a part of many people’s life and it is something that influences his or her daily life. It plays a big role in how we interact with each other.

Everything online has a concept of building a community. People like being a part of something unique and special – a part of a community. Community strength is a very powerful force to engage, connect and build upon existing strengths to address important social issues and creative positive change.

Join our community – who use social media for social change and how is it used by the participants?


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by Therese Sjödin on October 10, 2013

in Uncategorized

Social media have made media consumption a part of media production and the use of social media can be argued to increase participation and representation in a society, “empowering the powerless”. But it is also accused of increasing the gap between the developing and the developed world with basis in the argument, by among others Nederveen Pieterse, that access to technology is not a solution in itself. Either way, we can most likely agree that social change through social media is not an “easy fix”.

Of the different pathways into understanding new media and social change, we have chosen to look more into social media and review some of the literature about it. This blog will be discussing who is participating in social media to influence development as well as how social media is used by the participants to impact social change. The specific blogposts will, amongst other things, reflect on the use of social media as news reporting as well as armchair advocates and slacktivism. We will also discuss the digital divide and exclusion in the social media as well as the role of the diaspora in social media for development.

We hope to bring up interesting aspects of these issues and create good discussions through this blog.

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