Student Participation and Public Facebook Communication: Exploring the Demand and Supply of Political Information in the Romanian #rezist Demonstrations

Student Participation and Public Facebook Communication: Exploring the Demand and Supply of Political Information in the Romanian #rezist Demonstrations. International Journal of Communication, [S.l.], V. 14, p. 24, July 2020. ISSN 1932-8036

36 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2020

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Dan Mercea

City University London - School of Social Sciences

Toma Burean

Babes-Bolyai University

Viorel Proteasa

West University of Timisoara

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

In 2017, the anti-corruption #rezist protests engulfed Romania. In the context of mounting concerns about exposure to and engagement with political information on social media, we examine the use of public Facebook event pages during the #rezist protests. First, we consider the degree to which political information influenced the participation of students, a key protest demographic. Second, we explore whether political information was available on the pages associated with the protests. Third, we investigate the structure of the social network established with those pages to understand its diffusion within that public domain. We find evidence that political information was a prominent component of public albeit localized activist communication on Facebook, with students more likely to partake in demonstrations if they followed a page. These results lend themselves to an evidence-based deliberation about the relation that individual demand and supply of political information on social media have with protest participation.

Suggested Citation

Mercea, Dan and Burean, Toma and Proteasa, Viorel, Student Participation and Public Facebook Communication: Exploring the Demand and Supply of Political Information in the Romanian #rezist Demonstrations (2020). Student Participation and Public Facebook Communication: Exploring the Demand and Supply of Political Information in the Romanian #rezist Demonstrations. International Journal of Communication, [S.l.], V. 14, p. 24, July 2020. ISSN 1932-8036, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3684089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3684089

Dan Mercea (Contact Author)

City University London - School of Social Sciences ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Toma Burean

Babes-Bolyai University ( email )

Viorel Proteasa

West University of Timisoara ( email )

Bd. Vasile Parvan nr.4
Timisoara 300223, Timis 330023
Romania

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