NETWORKED DEMOCRACY? HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS TRANSFORMING POLITICAL BEHAVIOR
Political actors and citizens are increasingly active on social networking platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. This talk will provide an overview of recent research on how the use of these sites is transforming political processes around the world. Some of the questions that will be addressed are: Does social media contribute to the emergence of ideological echo chambers? How does the spread of hate speech and incivility affect the quality of public discussions and the interactions between politicians and citizens? And why do world leaders rely on Twitter and Facebook as tools for public diplomacy?
About Pablo Barberá
Pablo Barberá joined the School of International Relations at USC as an Assistant Professor in 2016, after receiving his PhD in political science from New York University and spending a year as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Data Science in New York University. His research interests include computational methods in the social sciences, automated text analysis, and social network analysis. He applies these methods to the study of social media and politics, comparative electoral behavior and collective action, and political representation.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."