Digitalization Of Communication And The Spiral Of Silence Theory


  • Anahit HAKOBYAN Yerevan State University



This article discusses the issue of the influence of digital technologies on manifestations and transformation of the spiral of silence phenomenon. An analysis is given on the role of the Internet as a public sphere, and the results of recent researches on spiral of silence manifestations on online-based platforms are discussed. The author comes to the conclusion that manifestations of spiral of silence are crucial in the process of the development of the Internet as a public sphere, and, communicative, technological and social-psychological factors, discussed in this paper, will determine whether and how online-based platforms will contribute democratic processes.   


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Author Biography

Anahit HAKOBYAN, Yerevan State University

Anahit HAKOBYAN is a PhD student at Yerevan State University, Faculty of Sociology, Chair of Applied Sociology. She has been working as a lecturer at Brusov State University, Public communications technologies scientific-educational center, since 2016 and currently also teaches at Yerevan State University, Faculties of Sociology and Journalism. Her areas of interest include media and communication studies, Internet studies, civic participation, behavioral science. Recent publication: “Fake news and its spread on social media”.  


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HAKOBYAN, A. . (2020). Digitalization Of Communication And The Spiral Of Silence Theory. WISDOM, 14(1), 19–30.