Communities and Social Media

“Social networking sites like Facebook and Reddit have amplified the voice of alt-right extremists and allowed for faster spread of misinformation.”

Powell_17756073_ConferencePaperDownload Social networking sites have changed the way we view and access information on the internet. It is now easier than ever to communicate, share opinions and forge relationships with like-minded people all across the world. The internet is now the most powerful tool used by organisations of all forms to share their message and expand their horizons. Unfortunately, this has meant that there has been a surge of hate speech broadcast across social networking Read more […]

Communities and Social Media

Wattpad and the Holy Grail: How Social Media technologies have transformed the role of the reader

Wattpad and the Holy Grail How Social Media technologies have transformed the role of the reader Written by Tegan Gillard for the Social Media, Networks and Communities Conference Introduction In her book, The Digital Literary Sphere, Simone Murray describes the “the holy grail of literary culture” as the intimate one-on-one connection between author and reader (2018, p.?). This connection has been lost since our storytelling evolved from community-based oral traditions to mass Read more […]

Online Networks and Social Change

The Power of Social Media: A Social Transformation from Traditional Culture

Topic: Social media is the new platform for raising social concerns and creating awareness more effectively Chavez_20092223_Essay-1Download Introduction             Social media has become a part and parcel of human lives in the 21st century. Across the world, billions of people use social media on a daily basis and the number keeps on growing. The social media has entered in every part of life, like personal relationship, entertainment, Read more […]

Online Networks and Social Change

Facebook as a construct of social change and collaboration for activists.

Due to the rapid innovation of social media platforms introduced into the twenty-first century as an invention of the recently developed world wide web or commonly referred to as web 2.0, this form of media convergence acts as a technological breakthrough combining outdated sources of media networks with new foundations of media creating a remediation of interesting and pre-existing content and entertainment (Papacharissi, 2011). Papacharissi (2011; Guidry et al, 2014) state these online social Read more […]

Online Networks and Social Change

The dangers of online social networks enhancing political ideology and participation

Offline ReadingDownload Abstract This paper shows the links between online social networks and influence on political ideology. It explores this influence under the scope of shifting community types and thought leaders. Further to this, we explore the nature and legitimacy of political information shared through online social networks and finally how this interaction can lead to a rise in political participation. In essence we are able to see a shift of political influence from the political Read more […]

Communities and Social Media

The role of social media: Improving content sharing and communication between teachers and students

ConferencePaper_MattIfkovichDownload Since the introduction of Web 2.0, the potential to network, share content and communicate with others has improved greatly. In the education industry prior to social media, the potential to network and communicate with others was far less. Teachers and students have used social media as a third-place to share content and communicate with one another. Being able to network globally with anyone almost instantly is something that is truly remarkable. To demonstrate Read more […]

Online Networks and Social Change Empowering Everyday Citizens to Enact Social Change

Change.org_Empowering-Everyday-Citizens_Conference_Upload-1Download Abstract  Trends in Australian political opinion show that citizens are not satisfied with traditional democratic processes and systems and are looking to alternative online spaces to engage in civic action. Additionally, citizens are more likely to engage in politics online and feel empowered by the ease, affordability and reach that decentralised digital platforms like and social networking sites Read more […]