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[liberationtech] youth protest activity in Chile and social media use

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Fri Aug 24 01:11:53 PDT 2012

From: Arturo Arriagada <A.Arriagada at>

Hi all,

Here is a paper published in the Journal of Communication about youth
protest activity in Chile and social media use.


Protest activity has become a central means for political change in Chile.
We examine the association between social media use and youth protest, as
well as mediating and moderating mechanisms of this relationship, using
survey data collected in Chile in 2010. We found that Facebook use was
associated significantly with protest activity, even after taking into
account political grievances, material and psychological resources, values,
and news media use. The link between overall Facebook use and protest
activity was explained by using the social network for news and socializing
rather than when it was used for self-expression. Postmaterialist values
and political ideologies were not found to moderate the association between
Facebook use and protest.


Arturo Arriagada
PhD student in Sociology
London School Of Economics (UK)
Universidad Diego Portales (Chile)
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