Seminar: Friending the Prime Minister

The Culture and Use of Political Interaction on Social Media

What happens when people start friending their prime minister and politicians wash all their dirty laundry in front of a curious social media audience? In recent years, politicians and political parties have started to use social media extensively as part of their political campaigning in relation to local and national elections for parliament.  What does “political life” in social media look like currently and historically, and how do users in fact engage with politics and politicians? Is there such a thing as a “political culture” in the social media sphere and if so, what does it look like? This lecture will discuss these questions and more, primarily based on the study of use of social media in Danish election campaigns from 2005 to 2011.

Lecture 4 October by Lisbeth Klastrup, Associate Professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen, in Room 201 in Kulturanatomen 13.15–14.45  followed by exercises in the computer lab 15.00-16.00. Read more about this and other HEX Digital Cultures Seminar Series here.

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