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The Social Media Debate
Unpacking the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Effects of Social Media

Edited By

Devan Rosen

ISBN 9780367767518
Published February 18, 2022 by Routledge
248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This accessible, student-friendly book provides a concise overview of the primary debates surrounding the impact and effects of social media.

From Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Snapchat and TikTok, social media has become part of our everyday experience. However, its proliferation has brought a myriad of serious concerns about the long-term effects of social media on socializing and personal relationships and the impact on well-being and mental health (particularly in relation to children and adolescents), as well as issues linked to information and culture (such as privacy, misinformation, and manipulation). Featuring contributions by leading international scholars and established authorities such as Christian Fuchs, Henry Jenkins, Michael A. Stefanone, and Joan Donovan, editor Devan Rosen brings together key contemporary research from multiple disciplines in order to provide crucial insight into these debates.

This book will be an important resource for students and scholars of media and communication, as well as educators, parents, policy makers, and clinicians interested in the impacts of social media.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Rise of a New Media Paradigm

Devan Rosen

2 Social Media as Social Infrastructures

Sarah Myers West

3 Contemporary Social Capital: Relationships Versus Awareness

Michael A. Stefanone & Jessica Covert

4 Don't be Antisocial: The Politics of the 'Anti-social' in 'Social' Media

Elinor Carmi

5 Social Media, Alienation, and the Public Sphere

Christian Fuchs

6 Social Media Content Moderation: The Best-Kept Secret in Tech

Ysabel Gerrard

7 Make it Trend! Setting Right Wing Media Agendas Using Twitter Hashtags

Gabrielle Lim, Alexei Abrahams, and Joan Donovan

8 Mis/Disinformation in Social Media

Melissa Zimdars

9 Locating Social Media in Black Digital Studies

Francesca Sobande

10 An Overview of Social Media and Mental Health

Sarah Coyne, Emily Schvaneveldt, and Jane Shawcroft

11 Child and Adolescent Social Media use and Mental Health: A Personal Social Media use Framework

Drew P. Cingel, Michael C. Carter, and Lauren B. Taylor

12 There is No Easy Answer: How the Interaction of Content, Situation, and Person Shapes

the Effect of Social Media use on Well-being

Philipp K. Masur, Jolanda Veldhuis, and Nadia Bij de Vaate

13 What Does God Need With a Starship?: A Conversation about Politics, Participation, and Social Media

Nico Carpentier & Henry Jenkins

14 Conclusions: Together We Ascend

Devan Rosen

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Devan Rosen is Professor of Emerging Media in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. His research focuses on the social uses of new media, social network analysis, and distributed socio-technical systems. He has developed social and semantic network-analytic theories and methods for the analysis of dynamic social networks in online environments. His research on decentralized self-organizing systems, Flock Theory, has been featured as the basis for several episodes of the hit CBS show NUMB3RS.