Does social media have much influence or use in NI politics or protests? #nisocialpol

Researchers Orna Young and Jonny Byrne hosted a panel discussion in the University of Ulster this morning on Transformative Networks – Social Media, Politics and Protests.

11308996675_9e5d92f8e7A panel gave their thoughts and afterwards there was a discussion. In the first part you’ll hear Orna Young introduce the event, followed by Alan Meban and Dave Magee.

The second part covers Harriet Long, Brian J Spencer and Paul Reilly.

11309080564_9dff8f8316Quite a diverse set of views about how politics and protests have used (or failed to use) social media to their advantage. It’s late so I’ll not start to write about the content of what was said. Jamie Bryson was in the audience and I may return to some of his comments.

Paul Reilly has collated some of the online content from the event in Storify.
Photos by Brian O’Neill

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.