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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 Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains

Social Media Platforms and Education
Social media platforms and education
José van Dijck Thomas Poell

What is the impact of social media on education and learning in schools? This very broad question has been addressed by academics from a variety of disciplines. In this chapter, we will first give an overview of the different ways in which this question has been tackled. Most scholars have studied the impact of social media as tools, assessing their immediate impact on learning. While some predict they may potentially revolutionize education, others see them as potential minefields. We want to introduce an approach to social media that does not just regard them as tools, but as platforms, driven by a ...

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