Dr. Tamara A. Small, Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Guelph, discusses her research on social media and politics in Canada. We start out with her latest edited volume Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities (2020, University of Toronto Press).
We then dive into Dr. Small's research on Canadian party leaders' use of Twitter, citizens' sharing of memes about Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau, and how Canadian courts use social media. We also cover how journalists live-tweet about court cases, and the Canadian courts' struggle to adapt during Covid-19.
Here's the full list of studies discused in the episode:
Digital Politics in Canada: Promises and Realities (2020)
What the Hashtag? A Content Analysis of Canadian Politics on Twitter (2011)
Online Negativity in Canada: Do Canadian Party Leaders Attack on Twitter? (2018)
Trolling Stephen Harper: Internet Memes as Online Activism (2019)
“Justin Trudeau – I Don’t Know Her”: An Analysis of Leadership Memes of Justin Trudeau (2020)
Tweet Justice: The Canadian Court’s Use of Social Media (2020)
Play-by-Play Justice: Tweeting Criminal Trials in the Digital Age (2020)
Trial by Zoom? The Response to COVID-19 by Canada's Courts (2020)