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Calidad Revistas Científicas Españolas
VOL.
27(4)/
2014
Author / Sung Woo YOO Ph.D. Candidate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism, 78712 Austin, United States.
Author / Homero GIL DE ZÚÑIGA Medienwandel Chair Professor and Director, Media Innovation Lab (MiLab), University of Vienna. Research Fellow, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
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Article / Connecting blog, Twitter and Facebook use with gaps in knowledge and participation

Abstract /

Although they share a similar ‘social media’ tag, blogs, micro-blog sites like Twitter, and social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook are distinctive in their relationships with political engagement. This paper examined the impact of the use of the three media on the gaps in political knowledge and participation between the more and less educated people. In the results, Facebook use interacted positively with education in predicting civic and issue knowledge. The gap of offline participation was larger among heavy Twitter users than among light users. Overall, findings imply that social media amplify or reinforce inequality of political engagement.

Keywords /

Knowledge gap, participation, social media, Facebook, Twitter .

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