Social media and political voices of organized interest groups: A descriptive analysis

Sounman Hong, Daniel Nadler

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Abstract

This study provides a descriptive look at the use of social media (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) and inequality of political voices in the context of political interest organizations. It seeks to answer the question of whether the Internet and social media allow those who were previously outside the mainstream of power with respect to the broader democratic discourse to raise their voices and be heard. Overall, we find that social media does not diminish the concentration of political voices within the democratic discourse. Rather, the evidence suggests that political voice is more concentrated when the voice is measured by the size of the online network using social media than when measured by traditional variables such as the number of lobbyists. We also report that a very small number of large organizations that have very large-sized online networks as measured by Twitter followers are driving the high concentration of online political voices.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationdg.o 2015 - Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research
Subtitle of host publicationDigital Government and Wicked Problems: Climate Change, Urbanization, and Inequality
EditorsJing Zhang, Yushim Kim
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages210-216
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450336000
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 27
Event16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, dg.o 2015 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 2015 May 272015 May 30

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Volume27-30-May-2015

Other

Other16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research, dg.o 2015
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period15/5/2715/5/30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Hong, S., & Nadler, D. (2015). Social media and political voices of organized interest groups: A descriptive analysis. In J. Zhang, & Y. Kim (Eds.), dg.o 2015 - Proceedings of the 16th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: Digital Government and Wicked Problems: Climate Change, Urbanization, and Inequality (pp. 210-216). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 27-30-May-2015). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2757401.2757416