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Myths and Realities 19 Social Media: new democracy or mass deception?

With the rise of citizen journalism through blogging and Twitter we are often told that communication is more democratic than ever before; but has social media really disrupted the status quo in terms of power and influence? Is social media an instrument of modern capitalism and the political elite, or a tool for changing the distribution of power? 

 Professor Helen Margetts, Director of Oxford Internet Institute and Professor of Society and the Internet, University of Oxford and Professor David Gauntlett, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Westminster explore the different forms of evidence around access and use of social media to debate these issues. Chaired by Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society

In partnership with Academy of Social Sciences and The Economic and Social Research Council  

MP3 file, 1 hr 36 mins 33 secs, 38.68 MB