Will social media save the world? The role of social media in (dis)abling social movements

I wrote this paper as part of a course at my Master studies in Digital Communication and Policy. With the recent events around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, the title might sound (a bit!) inappropriate,  and should be rephrased into: Can we save ourselves from social media?  Regardless, the role social media platforms play in our everyday life and in social movements (and elections and violence and you name it) is significant. It is evident that social media won’t save the world, but they are certainly powerful actors.

Although this is not a new topic, and I had some constraints while writing it (such as word count, number of authors that HAD to be included, although they might not be the most suitable for the topic), I did my best to contribute to the discussion. I especially focus on the issue of platform “affordances” and how they influence what can and cannot be done, or how social media platforms can be (ab)used. Continue reading “Will social media save the world? The role of social media in (dis)abling social movements”