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https://doi.org/10.47960/2712-0457.2019.2.1.27

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION ON SOCIAL NETWORKS - CHANNEL OF OPENCOMMUNICATION WITH CITIZENS OR CO-CREATOR OF IMAGE OF POLITICAL ELITE(CASE OF CROATIA AND SLOVENIA)

Gordana Lesinger ; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Hrvatska
Vjekoslav Đaić ; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Hrvatska
Branimir Felger ; Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia


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Abstract

With the development of the Internet, as the fastest growing media, social networks have evolved, as
well as everyday communication on these platforms. Benefits communication and easier access to the
target public and has been recognized by the political elites and are, in addition to traditional forms
of communication, political communication enriched communication on social media. The dominant
social network in Croatia is Facebook, although not a small number of public life uses Twitter as a
means of communication. Despite the numerous controversy over whether or not the social media
have upgraded or threatened democracy, the fact is that this platform has enabled a more transparent
and accessible communication that certainly has an impact on building the image of individuals and
institutions from the political arena, which has made this form of communication possible to build a
virtual community .
The structure of the work consists of several larger entities and corresponding subdivisions. The first
part of the work is based on theoretical insights. Minorizing the transition theory and democratization
of post-communist societies, the theoretical part of the work also deals with civic participation
and culture. All these transversal processes for three decades have also influenced the modification
of communication, from top to bottom, therefore, towards citizens, from citizens to the public authorities.
Therefore, political communication on social networks as well as social networks as a tool for
creating a positive image in public relations will be treated theoretically. The second part of the deconstruction
process is the presence of Croatian and Slovenian ministries, as a public authority institution
and ministers on Facebook’s social network. Compilation and descriptor methods, theoretical
perspectives are dissected using relevant sources, while in the second part, the descriptive statistics
method deconstructs the results obtained by research. Using the illustrations and the comparison
method, the results are compared. At the end of the paper, the conclusion is based on theoretical
strengths and results obtained.

Keywords

political communication; social networks; Facebook; image; public

Hrčak ID:

233223

URI

https://hrcak.srce.hr/233223

Publication date:

10.12.2019.

Article data in other languages: croatian

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