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Social media, civic engagement, and the slacktivism hypothesis: lessons from Mexico’s “El Bronco”

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Does social media use have a positive or negative impact on civic engagement? The cynical “slacktivism hypothesis” holds that if citizens use social media for political conversation, those conversations will be fleeting and vapid. Most attempts to answer this question involve public opinion data from the United States, so we offer an examination of an important case from Mexico, where an independent candidate used social media to communicate with the public and eschewed traditional media outl...

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University of Oxford
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SSD
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Oxford Internet Institute
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National Science Foundation
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School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University
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Volume:
70
Issue:
1
Pages:
55-73
Publication date:
2017-01-29
Acceptance date:
2016-07-30
ISSN:
0022-197X
Language:
English
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2017-01-24

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