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Understand how social media has changed politics in SAGE Reference's Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

February 12, 2014

Los Angeles - Political messages, throughout history, were delivered to the masses by an elite few through “the power of the press” in newspapers, and later through broadcast media. Then social media exploded onto the scene and everything changed. Suddenly, it’s possible for anyone to share political viewpoints, and with enough friends or followers, swing public opinion. The new, authoritative and comprehensive Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics from SAGE Reference explores how the rise of social media is now altering politics around the world.

This accessible, three-volume reference explores the changing landscape of politics, where old methods of political communication are being rapidly displaced by the various versions of social media. Researchers will peruse approximately 600 A-to-Z articles written by a stellar array of world-renowned scholars on topics exploring social media’s impact on politics, all organized in a Reader’s Guide within the following themes:

  • Celebrities and Pioneers in Social Media and Politics
  • Congressional Social Media Usage (Most Active Members)
  • Measuring Social Media’s Political Impact
  • Misuse of Social Media in the Political Arena: Issues and Ethics
  • Social Media, Candidates, and Campaigns
  • Social Media, Politics, and Culture
  • Social Media and Networking Websites
  • Social Media and Political Unrest
  • Social Media and Social Issues, Activism, and Movements
  • Social Media Concepts and Theories
  • Social Media Regulation, Public Policy, and Actual Practice
  • Social Media Types, Innovation, and Technology

The informative and up-to-date Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics contains information that’s not available anywhere else including a unique and detailed appendix that tracks and illustrates social media usage by U.S. Senators and Congressmen. Because it invites students and researchers to explore the rapidly-changing use of social media in politics, this encyclopedia belongs on the shelves of all academic, school, and public libraries. A FREE 30-day online trial is available at


Editor-in-Chief Dr. Kerric Harvey is a tenured associate professor and the Associate Director of the Center for Innovative Media in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, as well as a working playwright and multimedia producer.

Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics

March 2014                             1640 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4522-4471-6         Print Price: $460

eISBN: 978-1-4522-4472-3

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