Can positive messaging on social media promote peacebuilding in Myanmar?

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Can positive messaging on social media promote peacebuilding in Myanmar?

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Can positive messaging on social media promote peacebuilding in Myanmar?
Author Silverman, Clement
Date 2018
English abstract
Can positive messaging on social media promote peacebuilding in Myanmar? It is argued that social cognitive communication campaigns reversing negative symbolic interactionism on social networks could be the answer. This paper finds that there has been only one significant campaign, MIDO’s Pan Zagar, to use positive messaging on social media. Whilst the numbers of people that engaged with it suggest that this was popular, there is not enough evidence to determine if this had any behavioural change. However, an opinion survey and interviews show that there is potential to leverage counter narratives towards building peace – especially by harnessing the popularity of the major platform Facebook to both monitor and publish content influencing people towards peaceful behaviour.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 49
Language eng (iso)
Subject Communication
development
social media
international development
Myanmar
Burma
Peacebuilding
conflict resolution
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25017 Permalink to this page
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