Tim Highfield, Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Digital Media at Queensland University of Technology (Australia), has just published his first book, Social Media and Everyday Politics (Polity, 2016). This book draws upon work carried out between 2008 and 2015, including research presented at the “Online political participation and its critics” symposium organized by the DEL network in June 2013 in Paris.
From selfies and memes to hashtags and parodies, social media are used for mundane and personal expressions of political commentary, engagement, and participation. The coverage of politics reflects the social mediation of everyday life, where individual experiences and thoughts are documented and shared online.
In Social Media and Everyday Politics, Tim Highfield examines political talk as everyday occurrences on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, Tumblr, Instagram, and more. He considers the personal and the political, the serious and the silly, and the everyday within the extraordinary, as politics arises from seemingly banal and irreverent topics. The analysis features international examples and evolving practices, from French blogs to Vine loops from Australia, via the Arab Spring, Occupy, #JeSuisCharlie, Eurovision, #BlackLivesMatter, Everyday Sexism, and #illridewithyou.
This timely book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars in media and communications, internet studies, and political science, as well as general readers keen to understand our contemporary media and political contexts.
Introduction: Everyday politics and social media
Chapter One: Personal / political
Chapter Two: Political rituals of social media
Chapter Three: Media politics
Chapter Four: Breaking news, scandals and crises
Chapter Five: Collective and connective action
Chapter Six: Partisan politics and politicians on social media
Chapter Seven: The everyday of elections
Conclusion: The changing face of everyday social media and everyday politics