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Title: Social networks: communication and change
Authors: Cardoso, Gustavo
Lamy, Cláudia
Keywords: Social Movement
Social Networks
Networked Communication
Political Communication
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: OBSERVARE. Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
Citation: Cardoso, Gustavo; Lamy, Cláudia (2011). "Redes sociais: comunicação e mudança”. JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations,Vol. 2, n.º 1 (Spring 2011), pp. 70-92 . Consulted [online] on date of last visit,
Abstract: Virtual social networks have brought about the possibility for open and plural debate, where all those with the necessary literacy skills and means are able to participate in the creation and dissemination of information. By pressing political agents and determining the “agenda” of a lot of the media, users demonstrate that we stand at an ideal platform for creating both real social movements and more or less fleeting events, as manifestos or virtual campaigns. Nonetheless, in order to understand the role of virtual social networks in today’s world, we need to answer some prior questions. Are we facing a new communication model, whereby the product of “disinterested” interactivity creates an aura of confidence in disseminated information, often quite higher that that seen in the “old media”? Will that interactivity be a chance to fight-off citizens’ growing detachment with regard to the “res publica”? Will we find in citizen-made journalism, transmitted through virtual social networks, the consecration of a true fourth power? On the other hand, can we call the distinct collective movements we have seen emerging true “social movements”? The present article aims to examine this and other issues that come to the fore in the intricate social world of cyberspace.
Peer Reviewed: yes
ISSN: 1647-7251
Publisher Version:,-n-%C2%BA1-spring-2011/articles/73-social-networks-communication-and-change
Appears in Collections:BUAL - Artigos/Papers
OBSERVARE - JANUS.NET e-journal of International Relations. Vol. 2, n. 1 (Spring 2011)

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