Facebook mobilizes citizen political engagement
With citizens who are less involved in online and offline political activities, Casteltrione observes that the informative and user-friendly aspect of Facebook can contribute to the lowering of participatory thresholds. The study finds that the activity of participation intermediaries in networks can disseminate political information in less engaged citizen users, thereby enabling a virtuous circle, and potentially, generating a mobilization effect in the long term.
Isadoropaolo Casteltrione is Lecturer at the Media, Communication & Performing Arts department at Queen Margaret University. Recently, he served as research administrator/assistant in the AlcoLOLs project, facilitating dialogue on issues of alcohol safety with youth across a number of Edinburgh high schools.