The Policy Sciences of Social Media

  title={The Policy Sciences of Social Media},
  author={Matthew Robert Auer},
  journal={Cyberspace Law eJournal},
  • M. Auer
  • Published 17 July 2011
  • Political Science
  • Cyberspace Law eJournal
Twitter, Facebook, and other social media are increasingly touted as platforms not merely for networks of friends and for private diversion, but as vehicles that allow ordinary people to enter and influence the many arenas of public life. On the surface, the disparate and shapeless population of “i-reporters,” policy “tweeters,” and anonymous news web site “commentators” would appear to challenge the comparatively well-defined cast of professional diplomats, journalists, and propagandists that… 
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