Social Media as a Civic Mobilizer: Community Storytelling Network, Social Media, and Civic Engagement in South Korea

Doo Hun Choi, Seungahn Nah, Deborah S. Chung

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Abstract

This study advances communication infrastructure theory by testing the effects of an integrated community storytelling network (ICSN) and social media as a newly emerging community storytelling agent on civic engagement. A nationwide survey in South Korea indicates that, while ICSN is a robust driving force for civic engagement, social media news use and social media news expression played a vital role in promoting collective efficacy as well as neighborhood belonging and online civic participation, respectively. In particular, social media news use moderated the effects of ICSN on offline and online civic participation. These findings suggest that social media as an emerging storytelling network in the CIT framework can play distinct yet selective roles in predicting civic engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-65
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media
Volume65
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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Keywords

  • Communication Infrastructure Theory
  • civic engagement
  • integrated community storytelling network (ICSN)
  • social media news expression
  • social media news use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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