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Social Media’s Impact on Politics

DOI: 10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_8

Published: 2021 | Pages: 159 - 175

Kristy Dekat
Department of Journalism, Emporia State University 404F Plumb Hall 1 Kellogg Circle Emporia, KS 66801, USA

Social media has allowed political communication to reach a larger audience. Socialmedia has an advantage over traditional media because of its ability to control message content. However,content on social media sites tend to be unfiltered, allowing inaccuracies to be disseminated. Information isalso being manipulated, and this is resulting in both a fragmentation and polarization of public opinion.Before the Internet, there was more control of the dissemination of information resulting in individualsreceiving the same facts. Digital media has allowed differing views to be shared and it has also allowedindividuals to challenge those in power. Today, most individuals obtain their information from online; butoften times this information confirms their own views. This confirmation bias does tend to influence anindividual’s views towards political information. The 2016 Presidential election is an example how citizenshad to “make sense of the world” by making “sense of the flood of information” (Kovach & Rosenstiel, 2014, p.290).

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Kristy Dekat has been a journalism educator for 20 years. She is currently the broadcast journalism adviser at Seaman High School in Kansas. Prior to Seaman, she was an Assistant Professor of Journalism at Emporia State University. At Emporia State, she oversaw the journalism education program, advised the yearbook, and coordinated the Kansas Scholastic Press Association Regional Contest. Dekat has had several articles published. Two of her most recent include “A response to Hazelwood: Kansas advisers helped to create legal support for students” (2019) and “Liberal Arts vs. STEM: Should it be all about the money?” (2018), both published in Communication: Journalism Education Today Magazine. During her time in scholastic journalism, Dekat has been involved in KSPA, Kansas Collegiate Media, National Scholastic Press Association, Associated Collegiate Press, and Journalism Education Association. She regularly judges contests for these organizations and others throughout the U.S.  


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Dekat, K. (2021). Social Media’s Impact on Politics In: Bakan U. & Lengel M. L. (eds) Social Media Archaeology from Theory to Practice (pp. 159-175). MacroWorld Pub.

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