Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

Social media services like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly large role as sources of news. This article investigates the ways the composition of social media networks affects people’s exposure to and attitude toward news. Focus groups (N=31) and in-depth interviews (N=15) with young adults of varying ethnicity and country of origin showed that people’s networks on social media function as micro agenda setters. The characteristics of people in one’s network can facilitate negative effects such as echo chambers and spirals of silence but can also unfold new perspectives and create awareness of topics not covered by legacy media.

Publication Title

Social Media + Society

Volume

January-March

First Page

1

Last Page

12

Required Publisher's Statement

Social Media + Society January-March 2016: 1–12 © The Author(s) 2016

DOI: 10.1177/2056305115626750

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Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 License

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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