This week's topic is "The Networked Young Citizen: Social Media and Political Engagement in the Digital Age" led by Professor Michael Xenos.
Social media has been a familiar part of most people’s everyday lives for some time. Though researchers have been excited about these developments for years, we have only recently started to develop a clear understanding of how social media applications such as Facebook, Twitter, and a host of other similar tools affect fundamental communication processes, particularly those that deal with politics. While digital media have failed to revolutionize politics in the way that many early celebrants of the internet predicted, the web in general and social media specifically have undeniably changed politics and how we experience political processes. In this talk I synthesize the fundamental questions and key research findings surrounding social media and politics, with a focus on younger users for whom social media is increasingly serving as the entry-point to the political world.
ACS is held at the Prairie Fire Coffeehouse in Union South from 2:30-4pm every Friday. ACS is a facilitated weekly experience where you can engage in friendly conversations over different interactive themes presented each week.
Come and join us for a relaxing Friday afternoon and make new friends. Refreshments are served on a first-come, first-served basis each week—come early to ensure your treat!
This free event is intended for UW-Madison students, faculty, staff and Union members and guests.