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Wednesday, April 22 • 10:25am - 10:45am
Taking Sides on Neutrality: An Exploration of Net Neutrality Through Its Effects on Social Media

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This study is an analysis of the issue of net neutrality and how it has affected political, social and cultural landscapes as seen through various social media platforms. This research seeks to understand how various generations and class ranges respond to the issue on these platforms, as well as how vocal the different social groups are respectively. The research also seeks to understand which platforms are more indicative of a pro or anti-net neutrality stance, and why this might be the case. Research was gathered over the course of six weeks through a look at online forums such as Reddit, as well as other social media analytic tools like Google Social Analytics and HootSuite Pro for aggregation of discussions on the topic of net neutrality. Ultimately, this study will determine how social media can point to distinct social groups and their individual reactions to such a hot-button issue as net neutrality, allowing for a further understanding of opinions.


Wednesday April 22, 2015 10:25am - 10:45am PDT
012 Karpen Hall

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