ERIC Number: EJ1165965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Concientization among People in Support and Opposition of President Trump
Sánchez, Damien M.
Educational Technology & Society, v21 n1 p237-247 2018
Civic engagement in the United States has increased since the election of President Trump. This increase is evident online as people are using Twitter to assert their digital citizenship by voicing their opinions regarding President Donald J. Trump and demonstrating solidarity with various civic movements. President Trump's election has caused many people to recognize how policies impact their daily lives and shed previous understandings as described by Freire (2005) as concientization. This study employed a Content Analysis to classify Tweets from #DisruptJ20 posted during inauguration week according to concientization and Support or Opposition of President Trump. A Sentiment Analysis revealed that supporters of President Trump were much more negative than those who oppose President Trump. Results of the Logistic Regression found that variables related to network structure (Friends, Followers, and Likes) were more likely to predict Retweets than concientization. Results of Hierarchical Linear Modeling indicate the average level of concientization was positively related to being Retweeted. Implications include recognizing that digital citizens value content that illustrates how matters of state are impacting their lives. As concientization increases in America, the more likely it is for people with opposing viewpoints to understand one another and work for mutually beneficial social change.
Descriptors: Presidents, Citizen Participation, Content Analysis, Social Media, Regression (Statistics), Consciousness Raising, Hierarchical Linear Modeling
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