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Twitter has become a household name, discussed both for its rolein prominent national elections, natural disasters, and politicalmovements, as well as for what some malign as narcissistic“chatter.” This book takes a critical step back frompopular discourse and media coverage of Twitter, to present thefirst balanced, scholarly engagement of this popular medium.
In this timely and comprehensive introduction, Murthy not onlydiscusses Twitter’s role in our political, economic, andsocial lives, but also draws a historical line between thetelegraph and Twitter to reflect on changes in social communicationover time. The book thoughtfully examines Twitter as an emergentglobal communications medium and provides a theoretical frameworkfor students, scholars, and tweeters to reflect critically on theimpact of Twitter and the contemporary media environment. The bookuses case studies including citizen journalism, health, andnational disasters to provide empirically rich insights and to helpdecipher some of the ways in which Twitter and social media morebroadly may be shaping contemporary life.