<Papers Académicos> - Electors are from Facebook, political geeks are from Twitter: Political information consumption in Argentina, Spain and Venezuela

Electors are from Facebook, political geeks are from Twitter: Political information consumption in Argentina, Spain and Venezuela

This article by Carmen Beatriz Fernández and Jordi Rodríguez-Virgili compares the patterns of political information between general voters and the most interested audiences (journalists, academics, consultants and political leaders), focusing on the case studies of three critical elections held in 2015: the last general elections from Argentina, Spain, and Venezuela. The method used compared primary data for specialized audiences (also called “political geeks”) with secondary data for normal voters, taken from three different external sources. The research found that the habits and sources of political information of specialized audiences during the electoral campaign differ from those of the general voting public. Specialized publics rely more on social networks as source of political information than general voters, however the gap is bigger on Twitter and narrower for Facebook. Voters in general use Facebook and WhatsApp more than specialized audiences do. In addition, there is a shift of the center of gravity of the campaigns towards the digital world, both in the specialized publics and in the normal electoral population, but digital migration seems to be more accelerated among specialized audiences than among ordinary voters. It was also observed that political information tends to lead to media convergence and a consolidated or “hybrid” communication system. This research also suggests that despite the rapid acceptance of the digital in the information world, it is possible that little journalism, research, or campaigning is being done where the massive audiences really are...

http://real.mtak.hu/93488/1/KOME_FeVirg.pdf

 

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