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Politicians’ Self-Reported Social Media Activities

  • The growing importance of social media in the political arena seems to be in line with the mediatization of politics thesis, which states that mediated communication is becoming more important in politics and increasingly influences political processes. However, how politicians’ social media activities and politicians’ perceptions concerning social media have developed over time has rarely been examined. Moreover, it is unclear how the politicians’ activities and perceptions are related to each other. Referring to theoretical approaches, such as the influence of presumed influence approach, four surveys were conducted among German parliamentarians (MPs) between 2012 and 2016 (n = 194/149/170/118). The results indicate that the MPs’ self-reported social media activities and perceptions have remained remarkably constant since 2012. Regression analyses indicate that MPs’ self-reported social media activities and perceptions are hardly related to each other. This raises the question whether mediatization processes are indeed driven by politicians’ perceptions about media influences.

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Author:Ole Kelm, Marco Dohle, Uli BernhardGND
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:960-opus4-16825
DOI original:https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305119837679
ISSN:2056-3051
Parent Title (English):Social Media + Society
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2019
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Hannover
Release Date:2020/06/04
Tag:influence of presumed influence; longitudinal study; mediatization of politics; politicians
GND Keyword:Politiker; Social Media
Volume:5
Issue:2
First Page:1
Last Page:12
Institutes:Fakultät III - Medien, Information und Design
DDC classes:320 Politik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-NC - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell 4.0 International