Fung, Archon, and Jennifer Shkabatur. "Viral Engagement: Fast, Cheap, and Broad, but Good for Democracy?" From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age. Ed. Danielle Allen and Jennifer S. Light. University of Chicago Press, 2015, 155-177.

Abstract

How have online protests—like the recent outrage over the Komen Foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood—changed the nature of political action? How do Facebook and other popular social media platforms shape the conversation around current political issues? The ways in which we gather information about current events and communicate it with others have been transformed by the rapid rise of digital media. The political is no longer confined to the institutional and electoral arenas, and that has profound implications for how we understand citizenship and political participation.