In the past, social media have both been seen as an unprecedented opportunity and a lethal threat for Democracy.
This week in our Long Reads section, we are featuring the best piece of journalism we have read so far on that very topic: the impact of social media on Democracy.
Extracted from the print version of The Economist from November 4, this article titled Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis actually makes a point before it even begins, with a sarcastic cover image and a punchy baseline:
Credit: The Economist
In this (very) long read, you will learn about:
- How social media have influenced politics in Ukraine, America, France, Iran, Germany, Philipines.
- What we are all paying with in the era of the Attention Economy (hint: our eyeballs).
- Proposals contributing to make social media a loyal ally of Democracy in the future.
What’s in it for Social Media Managers: an interesting take on what is happening on the field from a macro perspective and a reminder of our major role in the game a professionals who use social media every single day.