The book provides a compilation of idiosyncratic manifestations of information society in techno-economic, political and cultural spheres. The contributors focus on the increasing complexity within information societies. To manage this complexity, societies develop constantly evolving context-specific modes of meta-governance. The contributions allow a better understanding of well-known conceptualizations and definitions of information society and related concepts such as post-industrial society, post-modernity, as well as network society, and knowledge society.
Facebook as an Indicator of Vitality of Slovenian Minority and Diaspora Communities (with Emphasis on Young Population) (Dejan Valentinčič)
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Dejan Valentinčič School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica Gregorčičeva 19, 5000 Nova Gorica firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook as an Indicator of Vitality of Slovenian Minority and Diaspora Communities (with Emphasis on Young Population)
Abstract: In this work we are examining the impact of the social network Facebook on Slovenian minority and diaspora communities. We are finding out if we can talk about virtual communities among these non-dominant ethnic groups and if Facebook is just a reflection or also impacting community lives of these groups and how does it impact ethnic identities. In the theoretical part we are presenting the role of social media (with an emphasis on Facebook) in modern information societies and summarising a short theory of cyber space and virtual communities. In the second theoretical chapter we are presenting the historical and present situation of Slovenian minority and diaspora communities. In the empirical part we are taking into consideration Facebook profiles of ninety young individuals from nine countries where most Slovenians live out of Slovenia. We are researching the language they use on Facebook, their activities and relations to local Slovenian communities and their interest for Slovenia. Interpreting these data we are finding out if young Slovenians from minority and diaspora communities use Facebook also as a tool for expressing their ethnic identity and if Facebook is just a reflection of realities or also a creator of new realities in these communities.
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