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Implications of Social Media on Student Activism: The South African Experience in a Digital Age

Type of Resource:
Journal Article

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- Challenges
- Solutions or Strategies

- Internet for Democracy
- Internet Or Digital Rights and Freedoms

Author(s): Mthokozisi Emmanuel Ntuli and Damtew Teferra

Recent studies on the use of social media have noted that this form of communication greatly enhances the strength of student movements. However, some scholars have argued that the resulting leadership vacuum, undermines the achievement of their demands and makes it more difficult for the government and higher education authorities to effectively respond to such action. Through the lens of the learning community theory, this article reviews the current literature on social media and student activism in order to establish the effectiveness of its use and the shortcomings thereof.


Region of Study:
South Africa,

Country of Study:
South Africa,

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