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Interactive effects of networked publics and social media on transforming the public sphere: a survey of Iran's leaderless 'social media revolution'
Faculty of Informatics - Papers (Archive)
  • Akemi T Chatfield, University of Wollongong
  • Hans J Scholl, University of Washington
  • Reza Akbari, Informatics, University of Wollongong
  • Nima Mirzayi, Informatics, University of Wollongong
RIS ID
54940
Publication Date
1-1-2012
Publication Details
Chatfield, A. T., Akbari, R., Mirzayi, N. & Scholl, H. J. (2012). Interactive effects of networked publics and social media on transforming the public sphere: a survey of Iran's leaderless 'social media revolution'. Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 2552-2562). USA: IEEE.
Abstract
It has been argued that hierarchical 'command and control' leadership is required to coordinate massive and rapid military or disaster response. Against this, the concept of leaderless 'social media revolution' refers to the wide-spread use of Web 2.0 social media by ordinary citizens to transform the public sphere and engage in collective political action, including coordinating massive and rapid protests against government. However, conceptual and empirical research efforts remain scarce to date. This research draws on the emergent perspective on causal agency in effecting change in social systems to examine our research proposition that the interactive effects of networked publics and social media would transform the public sphere for conversation when democracy is much desired by the citizens. We then discuss our online survey results and key findings of Iranian Face book users' views and experiences before, during, and after the 2009 Presidential election and in the aftermath of citizen protests.
Citation Information
Akemi T Chatfield, Hans J Scholl, Reza Akbari and Nima Mirzayi. "Interactive effects of networked publics and social media on transforming the public sphere: a survey of Iran's leaderless 'social media revolution'" (2012) p. 2552 - 2562
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/achatfield/7/