Beyond the Darkness: Research on Participation in Online Media and Discourse

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Beyond the Darkness: Research on Participation in Online Media and Discourse


  • Claes de Vreese Amsterdam School of Communication Research, The Netherlands


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Abstract:  This commentary reflects on the notion of ‘dark participation’ which is central in this thematic issue. It asks whether there are patches of light and whether our research is becoming too obsessed with the darkness?

Keywords:  democratic backsliding; misinformation; participation; polarization; trust

Published:   3 February 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v9i1.3815


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