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In this policy point-counterpoint, sociology students Jesse Goranson and Lawrence Kastriba discuss whether social media operates as a positive social force or as a negative one. Jesse Goranson argues that social media can act to promote democratization among otherwise disadvantaged groups. By connecting individuals from disadvantaged groups, the scalability of social media increases the social capital of the group members, thus giving the group a greater voice in society and allows them greater participation in the political process.


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  • Alternative title
    • Policy Point-Counterpoint: The Good and The Bad of the Social Media Revolution

  • Journal title
    • International Social Science Review

  • Volume
    • 95

  • Issue
    • 1

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      J. Scott Lewis, Ph.D. is an assistant teaching professor of sociology at Penn State Harrisburg. Jesse Goranson is an undergraduate student in the sociology program at Penn State Harrisburg and Lawrence Kastriba is an undergraduate student in the sociology program and American studies Program at Penn State Harrisburg.