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Modern Political Communication and Web 2.0 in Representative Democracies

Iosifidis, P. & Wheeler, M. (2018). Modern Political Communication and Web 2.0 in Representative Democracies. Javnost -The Public, doi: 10.1080/13183222.2018.1418962


During the first two decades of the twenty-first century, the social media has facilitated interactive communications between the political elites and public. In the 2016 UK Referendum, the social media became a vehicle for contested political arguments and post-truth positions defined the Remain and Leave camps. For instance, it was claimed that the United Kingdom Independence Party former leader Nigel Farage’s anti-migrant tweets influenced many voters. In the 2016 US Presidential election, the victorious celebrity property tycoon Donald Trump maintained a controversial online presence. He posted tweets about his campaign and engaged in a blatantly hateful online discourse aimed at his political opponents. Therefore, does such a usage of the social media aid democratic representation or contribute to a greater destabilisation of modern politics?

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Javnost - THe Public on 29 Jan 2018, available online:
Publisher Keywords: social media; hybrid; social movement; anti-establishment; irrational discourse
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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