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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories ...

Social Media and Journalism
Social media and journalism
Alfred Hermida
Introduction

When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on the night of July 20, 1968, 125 million Americans were glued to their TV sets to watch astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the grey landscape. By the time of the live broadcast of the Moon landings, television had become the dominant form of media for news, information and entertainment in the US. The TV set was a fixture in nine out of 10 American homes. Television was the defining medium for the Baby Boomer generation in the US. Now in their fifties and sixties, this generation continues to turn to television for political news (Mitchell, Gottfried and Matsa, 2015).

Television has proved to ...

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