Initiating the Engagement of Young Citizens in a Quality Politics in the Social Media Era
Proceedings of the 2nd Annual Civic Education Conference (ACEC 2019)
Advances in information technology in the industrial revolution 4.0 era have fundamentally changed the involvement of citizens in public affairs. Included also in the form of political participation. The emergence of social media since the early 2000s, has provided a way to reduce the costs of their involvement, improve its quality, and / or improve the types of activities involved. However, there was an anomaly in the use of social media as a venue for channeling aspirations. Social media is a
... . Social media is a place to produce and reproduce false news. It would be very dangerous if the involvement of citizens, especially young citizens is based on hoax news. This article has been written using the literature review method, which is a method of finding a description of theories, findings, and other research materials obtained from reference materials to be used as a basis for activities in research. The results of this article are; First, young people interpret political participation not only in elections but other unconventional ways such as making online petitions, criticizing governments through social media, or even fundraising movements for people who do not get justice. Second, in participating in the era of social media, young citizens must be equipped with civic literacy. Civic literacy is the knowledge and ability of citizens to overcome social, political and state issues. Civic literacy is closely related to political awareness; namely the ability of citizens to understand (informed about) and sensitive (sensitive) to the political, social and economic aspects of their society.