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Den kritiska Messengergenerationen: En studie om politiska diskussioner i sociala medier samt skolans roll i att forma kritiskt tänkande individer
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study is to explore how social media can be used as a forum to discuss politics and also how young people use critical reflection to evaluate the information available on social media. To achieve the purpose, a qualitative research is used. The empirical data is collected through semi-structured interviews with six high school students who voted in the Swedish parliamentary elections in/of 2014. The empirical data were then analyzed based on previous research on social media, and the school's mission to foster individuals who think critically. The analysis is also based on the theory of deliberative democracy model. The study shows that social media can be used as a platform for political discussions but it is in a large extent characterized by mudslinging between the sides for and against the various political elements. The survey also shows that the interviewed students do not understand the implications of source criticism. Instead they use critical thinking to determine what is a good or a bad source. The study shows that the deliberative democracy model cannot be applied to social media in its present form, but should be seen as an ideal image of how a deliberative democracy should work. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 52 p.
Keyword [en]
Deliberative democracy, democracy theory, democracy model, social media, source criticism, critical thinking.
Keyword [sv]
Deliberativ demokrati, demokratiteori, demokratimodell, sociala medier, källkritik, kritiskt tänkande
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44205OAI: diva2:821118
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Social Sciences
Educational program
Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
Available from: 2015-06-17 Created: 2015-06-14 Last updated: 2015-06-17Bibliographically approved

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