Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
It may seem odd to say that a book examining the political uses of a technology that has only existed for five years is long overdue, [but] Politics and the Twitter Revolution was definitely worth the wait. The authors effectively couple survey research, content analysis, and frame analysis with in-depth interviews to explore what motivates individuals to follow political leaders on Twitter, what they see as its benefits and drawbacks as well as how Twitter affects them. The study also effectively critiques how politicians employ Twitter. This is a comprehensive and insightful look at Twitter politics. -- Tom Johnson, University of Texas, Austin
Politics and the Twitter Revolution breaks new ground in analyzing one of the newest, most common, and most misunderstood online social media venues and its role in American politics. Parmelee and Bichard's book will inform many readers, from political staffers asking `How can we use Twitter?,' to students in political communication classes, to the advanced researcher seeking access to a wealth of data and insight. -- David D. Perlmutter, The University of Iowa
Surveys of and interviews with political Twitter users seek answers to several important questions: Who follows political leaders on Twitter-and why? How persuasive are political tweets? And more broadly, is political Twitter use good for democracy? These and other questions are answered from theoretical perspectives, such as uses and gratifications, word-of-mouth communication, selective exposure, innovation characteristics, and the continuity-discontinuity framework.