The modes of communication have been evolving,
and in the 21st century, we live in a digital world.
The world is connected via the internet, and social media has become
an integral part of individual life. This paper explores the effects of social
media mediation on its users in the context of political communication.
The effects range from an individual's political participation to initiating
a political movement. The effects are studied in the light of existing
literature. Social media has transformed political discussion and debate.
It has brought the elite public sphere to the screens of an average
citizen. The voicing of dissident opinions is possible under the freedom
of expression provided by social media. Individual and collective political
views are influenced by social media. It is an exploratory study that aims
to unveil various aspects of social media mediation so that they can be
further researched upon.
1-Shazia Ismail Toor: Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.
Social Media, Political, Users, Effects, Communication