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What’s Trending in Canadian Politics?

Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphere

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

What’s Trending in Canadian Politics?

Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphere

What trends are shaping contemporary political communication and behaviour in Canada, and where are they heading? What’s Trending in Canadian Politics? examines political communication and democratic governance in a digital age. Exploring the effects of conventional and emerging political communication practices in Canada, contributors investigate the uses of digital media for political communication, grassroots-driven protest, public behaviour prediction, and relationships between members of civil society and the political establishment. Original and timely, this interdisciplinary volume lays robust theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of transformative trends in Canadian political communication.


Table of Contents

Introduction: Identifying and Studying Trends in Canadian Politics / Vincent Raynauld, Mireille Lalancette and Erin Crandall

Part 1: Trends in Political Engagement and Democratic Practice

1 Social Uses of the Web by Environmental Activists: A Look at Digital Engagement / Ghada Touir, Florence Millerand, and Guillaume Latzko-Toth

2 Rethinking Digital Activism as it Unfolds: Ambient Political Engagement on Twitter during the 2012 Quebec Student Strike / Vincent Raynauld, Mireille Lalancette, and Sofia Tourigny-Koné

3 Bytes and Bitumen: A Case Study of Mediated Discourse on, and Digital Advocacy for, TransCanada’s Proposed Energy East Pipeline / Patrick McCurdy and Jacob Groshek

4 Transforming the Disengaged: Social Media and Youth in Canada / Shelley Boulianne

5 Trolling Stephen Harper: Internet Memes as Online Activism / Mireille Lalancette, Tamara A. Small, and Maxime Pronovost

6 From Spheres to Trajectories of Publicness: Exploring How the 2010 Toronto G20 Protests Were Communicated through Social Platforms / Thomas Poell

Part 2: Political Actors Trending, Interacting, and Reaching Their Audiences

7 Of Walls and Whispers: The Use of Facebook during the 2012 Quebec Election / Yannick Dufresne, Thierry Giasson, and Mickael Temporão

8 Cabinet Solidarity in an Age of Social Media: A Case Study of Twitter Use by Member of Parliament Carolyn Bennett / J.P. Lewis, Mireille Lalancette, and Vincent Raynauld

9 Does the Difference Compute? Data-Driven Campaigning in Canada / Fenwick McKelvey and Jill Piebiak

10 Beyond Market Intelligence: New Dimensions in Public Opinion Research / André Turcotte

Part 3: Engaging, Consulting, and Framing: Trending Practices in Institutions and the Government

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