Andrea Capati, The Personalisation of Politics in the Age of Social Media: What Risks for European Democracy?, IAI Commentaries, 19:51, September 2019.
Social media have become the main instrument of political communication in European democracies, so much so that many have heralded the beginnings of a communication revolution, a historical transition from the “age of television” to the “age of social media”. The widespread use of social media in politics has changed the character of public discourse and provided political leaders with unprecedented means to influence public opinion. In this sense, social media have impacted the modalities of interaction between citizens and political leaders, in turn influencing the very functioning of democracy.
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