Is Social Media Changing How We Understand Political Engagement? An Analysis of Facebook and the 2008 Presidential Election

  title={Is Social Media Changing How We Understand Political Engagement? An Analysis of Facebook and the 2008 Presidential Election},
  author={Juliet E Carlisle and Robert C. Patton},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={883 - 895}
This research conceptualizes political engagement in Facebook and examines the political activity of Facebook users during the 2008 presidential primary (T1) and general election (T2). Using a resource model, we test whether factors helpful in understanding offline political participation also explain political participation in Facebook. We consider resources (socioeconomic status [SES]) and political interest and also test whether network size works to increase political activity. We find that… 

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