Political outcomes of digital conversations : case study of the Facebook group "Canadians against proroguing parliament"

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Chatur, Noorin
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Political Science, 2011
Since the emergence of the Internet, scholars have had mixed opinions regarding its role in influencing levels of political participation. Two frameworks, the mobilization and the reinforcement theses, were created from these opposing views. The introduction of social networking websites (such as Facebook) offers new platforms with which to test these opposing theories on. This study investigates the Facebook group ―Canadian‘s against Proroguing Parliament,‖ to determine: 1) what the members' motivations were for participating in the group, 2) whether the group attracted formerly marginalized voices to participate on the group, or simply reinforced those who were already active in the political process, and 3) whether the participation of members on the group translated into offline or real world political participation. The findings suggest that the group‘s members had a variety of reasons for joining the group. As well, the findings suggest that the group both mobilized reinforced its participants. Finally, the data indicates that in some instances, the group‘s members translated their online participation into real world political activity.
171 leaves ; 29 cm
Social media -- Political aspects -- Canada -- Case studies , Political participation -- Technological innovations -- Canada -- Case studies , Facebook (Electronic resource) , Online social networks -- Political aspects -- Canada -- Case studies , Internet -- Political aspects -- Canada -- Case studies , Electronic discussion groups -- Canada -- Case studies , Dissertations, Academic