The Influence of Social Media on Political Mobilization and Participation: A Double-Edged Sword


  • Prof. Ali Rezaei Department of Political Philosophy, Tehran University, Iran Author


Social media, political mobilization, political participation, democracy, echo chambers, misinformation, manipulation, critical media literacy


This article examines the multifaceted influence of social media on political mobilization and participation. It explores the potential of social media platforms to empower citizens, facilitate collective action, and amplify marginalized voices. However, it also acknowledges the challenges posed by echo chambers, misinformation, and manipulation, potentially hindering meaningful engagement and exacerbating societal divisions. The article concludes by advocating for critical media literacy and nuanced regulation to harness the potential of social media while mitigating its downsides for a more participatory and informed democratic landscape.