Social Media: An Ill-Defined Phenomenon

  • James White
  • King-wa Fu
  • Braeden Benson
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8029)


This paper questions whether and to what extent social media matches its many presumed desirable attributes, through references to social media in the United States and China, and in light of data that indicates that social media use tends to be dominated by a small group of elite users and driven by conventional forces. It concludes with implications for policy development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James White
    • 1
  • King-wa Fu
    • 2
  • Braeden Benson
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Advanced Communications PolicyGeorgia Institute of TechnologyUSA
  2. 2.Journalism and Media Studies CentreUniversity of Hong KongHong Kong

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