Social Media and Disability

It’s Complicated

Authored by: Mike Kent

The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media

Print publication date:  November  2019
Online publication date:  October  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138884588
eBook ISBN: 9781315716008
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This chapter explores the relationship between social media and disability—as Facebook would say of the relationship “it’s complicated.” On the one hand, social media has provided many people with disabilities with an avenue for social interaction and participation, commerce and political activism that would be hard or even impossible without these platforms. However, alongside this, they also have the potential to place yet another layer of exclusion and disadvantage over people’s lives as a result of threats to their privacy and also, through a lack of accessibility, to exclude them from both those potential positive avenues and broader participation in society.

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