Mediatisation of politics and (social) media participation (Part 2)

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Panel Chair: 
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  • Professor Giovanni Boccia Artieri (University of Urbino Carlo Bo)
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  • Mr Alexandre Hobeika (CNRS, SAGE, Strasbourg)
  • Miss Aakansha Natani (School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India)
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Papers on this panel deal with the mediatisation process of politics in the social media era. In order to address this issue it is needed to assume, first, an awareness about how social media shape the communicative eco-system, the social action and how they are influenced by social practices.

Analysing the cultural dimension of media participation in politics and the possibility to develop new horizons of meaning depending by a fundamental change takes on a strong significance in this perspective.  In essense, what the panel wants to explore is the shift from the central role of the broadcasting media logic towards the grassroots media logic, in the frame of various forms of political and civic negotiation and conflict. The growth of viral and reflexive movements, advocacy groups, online campaigning, which are characterised by connective action in their dynamics of deliberation and coordination, is a clear example of this epochal change. More generally, however, we also need to acknowledge that contemporary online movements and forms of digital political engagement can generate common forms of collective self-representation through the production, remixing, sharing and appropriation of contents to be located in the individual everyday life realm.

Against this background, however, there seem to be some important differences between Southern European countries (such as Italy and other Mediterranean societies), and Northern European and American democracies. Citizens are usually defined as less civic and participative in public issues in the former as compared to the latter. And yet, the mediatisation operated by the Internet on society and politics stimulates some critical questions that will be addressed in the panel: ì) has social media politics had any effect on citizens’ engagement styles and political culture? ìì) how media broadcasting and social media relate in different countries? ììì) what kind of organizational framework characterises the various expressions of online civic engagement and political involvement?

The aim of this panel is to shed light on these issues, discussing academic work based on:

a) case studies (drawing either on single countries or comparative analysis) looking at: online campaigns, web-based parties, civil society monitors and government watchdogs;

b) research on social media which adopt a range of research methods and techniques, e.g. big-data analysis, e-citizens opinion polls, e-activists qualitative interviews, social network website content analysis, etc.

To this end, papers will focus on the relationship between the Internet, political participation and citizens’ involvement as well as on a multidisciplinary approach.