‘Tweeting to Power’ Analyzes the Effects of Social Media on Politics
BOCA RATON, Fla. (February 5, 2014) – “Tweeting to Power,” a new book coauthored by Kevin Wagner, assistant professor of political science in Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Political Science, and Jason Gainous of the University of Louisville, was recently released by Oxford University Press. The authors provide an analysis of the effect of online social media on how people come to learn, understand and engage in politics.
“With the explosive growth of social media, you cannot really understand politics anymore without it,” said Wagner. “This book provides a foundation for understanding how and why these changes are happening, and what it means for our government and our nation.”
Beginning with a theoretical foundation grounded in political, communications and psychology literature, “Tweeting to Power” examines how platforms such as Facebook and Twitter offer the opportunity for a new information flow that is no longer being structured and limited by the popular media. The book includes trends in a dataset comprising tweets from members of Congress during the 2010 Presidential campaign.
Using an impressive array of qualitative and quantitative data, Gainous and Wagner systematically track how Twitter and Facebook are influencing Congress, political parties and the American public. By situating their evidence in long-standing theoretical debates, Gainous and Wagner tackle more fundamental questions about the functioning of American democracy in the age of the internet.
For more information about the book, visit the Oxford University Press website at global.oup.com/academic/product/tweeting-to-power-9780199965090?cc=us&lang=en&, or email Kevin Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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