One Step, Two Step, Network Step? Complementary Perspectives on Communication Flows in Twittered Citizen Protests

  title={One Step, Two Step, Network Step? Complementary Perspectives on Communication Flows in Twittered Citizen Protests},
  author={Martin Hilbert and Javier V{\'a}squez and Daniel Halpern and Sebasti{\'a}n Valenzuela and Eduardo Arriagada},
  journal={Social Science Computer Review},
  pages={444 - 461}
The article analyzes the nature of communication flows during social conflicts via the digital platform Twitter. We gathered over 150,000 tweets from citizen protests for nine environmental social movements in Chile and used a mixed methods approach to show that long-standing paradigms for social mobilization and participation are neither replicated nor replaced but reshaped. In digital platforms, long-standing communication theories, like the 1955 two-step flow model, are still valid, while… 

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