Crystallization: How social media facilitates social construction of reality

Donghee Yvette Wohn, Brian J. Bowe

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Abstract

We propose Crystallization as a framework for understanding how reality is socially constructed in the age of social media by incorporating network attributes to agenda-setting theory. Reflecting the affordances of contemporary technology and the psychological underpinnings of social influence, Crystallization suggests that social media facilitates information produced or relayed by the members of our social networks, who become neo agenda setters. People's perceptions of reality will develop through their social networks and everyone will perceive that the information their social network produces reflects reality, but at the macro level, we will see an everdiverging cacophony of socially constructed realities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSCW 2014 - Companion Publication of the 17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages261-264
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450325417
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2014 - Baltimore, MD, United States
Duration: Feb 15 2014Feb 19 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

Other

Other17th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBaltimore, MD
Period2/15/142/19/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Networks and Communications

Keywords

  • Agenda-setting
  • Information diffusion
  • Network theory
  • Reality
  • Social construction
  • Social influence
  • Social media

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