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Facebook Changes Politics: Social Networking Websites and Political Engagement

Mario Guerrero, Ph.D.,California Polytechnic State University Pomona
When
Apr 25, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
Where
1130 K Street, Room LL3
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530-752-2183
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Social networking websites are changing the way people are interacting with the world. Facebook is the most popular social networking website and most visited website in the world. While the world changes, this presents interesting questions for how these type of interactions affect the political sphere. In what ways do social networking sites help to foster political engagement among citizens?

Dr. Guerrero will present results from a multi-method co-authored study of college students in California. Survey and content analysis reveal that online social networks affect both political knowledge and political participation in unique ways. What types of online activity affects participation? This project examines specific forms of online activity on Facebook, but also unpacks how this activity affects different forms of political participation. The study also investigates the low quality political information discussed on social networking websites. Discussion that occurs on social networking websites tends to devoid of any critical thinking or analysis. This has serious implications for the nature of Facebook's affect on offline political engagement.

M_GuerreroMario Guerrero is assistant professor of political science at California Polytechnic State University Pomona. His research focuses on political participation, new media, and social networks. His recent work has appeared in Computers in Human Behavior, Journal of Political Science Education, and Armed Forces and Society. Guerrero received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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