Digital Media Use and Political Participation

Digital Media Use and Political Participation

Taking a glance at the recent past, observing The Arab Spring in 2011 as well as the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns, we may see an increase in how social media can affect citizens as it considers the issue of participation in political life. Nowadays Social media have become a very important part of every day public life and communication. Continue reading “Digital Media Use and Political Participation”

The Sociological Perspective of Social Media

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The global system of networked computers known as the Internet has changed many features of modern society and social interaction. The online distribution and promotion of goods and services, for example, has influenced most of the companies and has radically transformed them. Together with the commerce-oriented technological improvement (e-commerce) has been an increase in what has been called “social media.”  The greatest improvement related to social media is the rise of social network sites (SNSs), such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus. Even though SNSs first introduced in 1997, they became a “viral” phenomenon in 2003. A few years later, many of people of all ages around the world have joined SNSs (Anderson & Bernoff, 2010). At the very beginning of this phenomenon, terms varied widely with the compatible use of “social networking sites,” “online social networks” or even simply, “social networks” to refer to a diffuse and sometimes doubtful, range of sites and services (Ellison et al., 2013).   Continue reading “The Sociological Perspective of Social Media”

Social Media in the Greek Economic Downfall

Since 2009, Greece has been experiencing a fast growing economic downfall, which has deeply affected the psychology of Greeks. Unemployment rates increased tremendously leaving many people, previously occupied with a job, being currently unemployed and not being able to meet their responsibilities or even pay for their most basic necessities. On the other hand, young graduates do not have the opportunity to find a job and grow their talents. As a result, they are either lead to migration or to an underpaid job, if any. Taxation is rapidly increasing causing inflation in prices for the customers and reduced turnover for the businesses. Greece is not anymore viewed as an attractive country to invest and grow a business, as there is high political instability. Within only one year (2015), 3 elections took place in Greece; 2 governmental and the referendum elections that were held during July imposing the capital controls that are still applicable up until today.

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Social Issues in a Digital Era

More social than ever, more indifferent than before. True or false? Digital media have conquered our world and everyday life, leaving us exposed to central sociological issues, taboos and unsolved problems of the past two or three decades. This is the fact that we have to handle in this new Era that has risen. Will we seize the opportunity of exposure to give a solution to these issues? Or will we press the skip button and continue our digital life, hanging national flags one day and articles about “annoying refugees” the other? Continue reading “Social Issues in a Digital Era”