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Engaging with European Politics Through Twitter and Facebook : Participation Beyond the National?

Bossetta, Michael LU ; Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria LU and Trenz, Hans-Jörg (2017) In Social Media and European Politics p.53-76
Abstract
Our chapter illustrates how citizens can enact varying styles and degrees of political engagement through social media. It also investigates if citizens engage with political content in ways unhindered by national boundaries. We distinguish between three primary types of content styles (factual, partisan and moral) and four degrees of engagement (making, commenting, diffusing and listening). Moreover, we argue that differences in Twitter and Facebook’s digital architectures encourage certain styles and degrees of engagement over others, and that the two social platforms sustain different levels of transnational activity. Supporting our argument with European cases, we suggest that Twitter is more suitable to fulfil social media’s... (More)
Our chapter illustrates how citizens can enact varying styles and degrees of political engagement through social media. It also investigates if citizens engage with political content in ways unhindered by national boundaries. We distinguish between three primary types of content styles (factual, partisan and moral) and four degrees of engagement (making, commenting, diffusing and listening). Moreover, we argue that differences in Twitter and Facebook’s digital architectures encourage certain styles and degrees of engagement over others, and that the two social platforms sustain different levels of transnational activity. Supporting our argument with European cases, we suggest that Twitter is more suitable to fulfil social media’s transnational promise than Facebook, which is better adept at stimulating political participation. (Less)
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Social Media, European Politics, Citizens, Participation, Transnational, Democracy
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Social Media and European Politics
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Barisione, Mauro; Michailidou, Asimina; and
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53 - 76
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Palgrave Macmillan
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978-1-137-59889-9
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English
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19e27789-a9e2-4a64-9dd0-4e1d6f2f1cae
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  abstract     = {Our chapter illustrates how citizens can enact varying styles and degrees of political engagement through social media. It also investigates if citizens engage with political content in ways unhindered by national boundaries. We distinguish between three primary types of content styles (factual, partisan and moral) and four degrees of engagement (making, commenting, diffusing and listening). Moreover, we argue that differences in Twitter and Facebook’s digital architectures encourage certain styles and degrees of engagement over others, and that the two social platforms sustain different levels of transnational activity. Supporting our argument with European cases, we suggest that Twitter is more suitable to fulfil social media’s transnational promise than Facebook, which is better adept at stimulating political participation.},
  author       = {Bossetta, Michael and Dutceac Segesten, Anamaria and Trenz, Hans-Jörg},
  editor       = {Barisione, Mauro and Michailidou, Asimina},
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  keyword      = {Social Media,European Politics,Citizens,Participation,Transnational,Democracy},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {53--76},
  publisher    = {Palgrave Macmillan},
  series       = {Social Media and European Politics},
  title        = {Engaging with European Politics Through Twitter and Facebook : Participation Beyond the National?},
  year         = {2017},
}