publication . Article . 2017

Measuring international relations in social media conversations

Barnett, GA; Xu, WW; Chu, J; Jiang, K; Huh, C; Park, JY; Park, HW;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
Abstract
© 2016 Elsevier Inc. This paper examines international relations as perceived by the public in their social media conversations. It examines over 1.8 billion Facebook postings in English and 51 million Chinese posts on Weibo, to reveal the relations among nations as expressed in social media conversations. It argues that social media represent a transnational electronic public sphere, in which public discussions reveal characteristics of international relations as perceived by a foreign public. The findings show that the international relations in social media postings match the core-peripheral structure proposed in the World Systems Theory. Additionally, the re...
Subjects
free text keywords: International relations, Weibo, Information & Library Sciences, Facebook, Network analysis, Social media, Webometrics, Library and Information Studies
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publication . Article . 2017

Measuring international relations in social media conversations

Barnett, GA; Xu, WW; Chu, J; Jiang, K; Huh, C; Park, JY; Park, HW;