Social Media as an Accurate Mirror of Society: Publication

This anthology busts the 50 most common internet myths. It clears up misconceptions about the impact and reality of the internet and summarizes what we really know about the online world.

As part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum (organized jointly by the United Nations and the German government in Berlin), a new anthology was presented by the editors Matthias C. Kettemann and Stephan Dreyer, that clears up misconceptions about the impact and reality of the internet and summarizes what we really know about the online world.

The anthology busts the 50 most common internet myths. Fellow of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at CEU, Jozef Michal Mintal reflects on whether social media adequately reflects societal trends and public opinion.

The myth says: “As everyone is on social media these days, one can determine the overall attitudes of a population by looking at what people are posting and sharing online.”

However, as Mintal argues, “there are at least two fundamentally wrong assumptions with regard to this myth.”

Download the anthology and learn more about why it is a myth