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Review of the article ‘Narcotizing dysfunction of the social media in Nigeria’: Did the 2023 election experience change the narrative?

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posted on 2023-07-06, 19:45 authored by Agwu EjemAgwu Ejem, Ifeanyi Nwokeocha



The paper, Narcotizing Dysfunction of the Social Media in Nigeria by Anyanwu & Ejem (2016), explains that social media are capable of lulling Nigerian users into passivity, giving them the impression that just by commenting on social media platforms, they have helped to solve Nigeria’s social or political problems without taking any practical action. However, during the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, social media seemed to demonstrate the capability to spur Nigerians into political participation, and helped them to match their online energy with the willingness to contribute to providing solutions to Nigeria's social or political problems, leading one to wonder if social media activism is beginning to translate to social and political participation in the real world.


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