Authors: Štětka, V.
Editors: Surowiec, P.
Place of Publication: London
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Authors: Surowiec, P. and Štetka, V.
© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Paweł Surowiec and Štetka Václav individual chapters, the contributors. Nearly a decade after the memorable 2008 US presidential election campaign that was dubbed ‘The Facebook election’ by the media and political scientists (Johnson and Perlmutter, 2010), very few people would dispute that social media have become an integral part of public life and a vital instrument of communication for a wide range of social and political actors. There is a broadly shared consensus that these platforms – gradually, but inevitably shedding the adjective ‘new’ – are now so entangled in the fabric of political and media ecologies that they significantly transform the long-established modus operandi of both politics and journalism, and reconfigure the relationships among citizens, political representatives and other actors in public and foreign affairs.