Social media in agenda-setting: The elsipogtog first nation and standing rock sioux tribe

Jill E. Hopke, Molly Simis-Wilkinson, Patricia A. Loew

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Abstract

The Dakota Access Pipeline did not gain widespread attention until it was nearly complete, despite extensive opposition from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. It was not until images depicting repression circulated on social media that mainstream media and public attention spiked. We use shale gas exploration in New Brunswick, Canada and the Dakota Access Pipeline, as case studies of social media agenda-setting. We consider disruptive public participation to involve constituents who perceive themselves as outsiders to decision-making. In both cases protest was ongoing for significant periods of time before receiving mainstream media and public attention. Using mixed methods, we show that law enforcement and company crackdown on indigenous communities, and the circulation of dramatic visuals via Twitter, is associated with spikes in social media, as well as media and public attention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages310-314
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781450363341
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 18 2018
Event9th International Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2018 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: Jul 18 2018Jul 20 2018

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other9th International Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2018
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period7/18/187/20/18

Keywords

  • Agenda-setting
  • Dakota Access Pipeline
  • Elsipogtog First Nation
  • Google Trends
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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    Hopke, J. E., Simis-Wilkinson, M., & Loew, P. A. (2018). Social media in agenda-setting: The elsipogtog first nation and standing rock sioux tribe. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Social Media and Society, SMSociety 2018 (pp. 310-314). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3217804.3217935