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Digital Political Participation, Social Networks and Big Data

Disintermediation in the Era of Web 2.0

  • José Manuel Robles-Morales
  • Ana María Córdoba-Hernández

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Framework: Towards a Disintermediated Politics?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-15
    2. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 17-23
    3. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 25-35
    4. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 37-57
    5. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 59-72
  4. Disintermediation in Social Networks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-75
    2. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 77-87
    3. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 89-100
    4. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 101-113
    5. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 115-138
    6. José Manuel Robles-Morales, Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
      Pages 139-148
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 149-151

About this book

Introduction

This book explores the changes in political communication in light of the development of a public opinion mediated by web 2.0 technologies. One of the most important changes in political communication is related to the process of disintermediation, i.e. the process by which digital technologies allow citizens to compete in the public space with those agents who, traditionally, co-opted public opinion. However, while disintermediation has undeniably generated a number of advances, having linked citizens to the public debate, the authors highlight some aspects where disintermediation is moving away from a rational and inclusive public space. They argue that these aspects, related to the immediacy, polarization and incivility of the communication, obscure the possibilities for democratization of digital political communication.

José Manuel Robles-Morales is a lecturer at the Sociology III Department at Complutense University, Spain. His research focuses on digital political participation, digital political theory, and technological differences (digital divide). His publications have appeared in journals such as Information Communication and SocietyThe European Journal of Communication ResearchRevista Internacional de Sociología and Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas.

Ana María Córdoba-Hernández is Research and Faculty Head at the Faculty of Communication at the University of La Sabana, Colombia. Her research focuses on media, specifically in the context of international communication, digital political participation, the transformation of the network society and the analysis of socio-political phenomena across social networks.

Keywords

political communication public opinion digital media political participation disintermediation social network analysis big data social movements public sphere representation connective action polarization incivility flaming Podemos #BlackLivesMatter #BringBackOurGirls US electoral campaign 2016 Spanish electoral campaign 2016 democracy

Authors and affiliations

  • José Manuel Robles-Morales
    • 1
  • Ana María Córdoba-Hernández
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Sociología IIIUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Comunicación PúblicaUniversidad de La SabanaChíaColombia

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