Consensus remains a vital enterprise in the democratic system as it is essential in formulating policies, making collective decisions, effecting political processes, and defining political outcomes. A well-functioning democracy that embodies consensus provides wide-range of opportunities for citizens towards directing an equitable socioeconomic outcomes and political reforms thru policies and decisions that are need-responsive to both leaders and citizens. A weak democracy, however, that is fragmented of this quality deprives citizens and policymakers the capacity to advance socioeconomic progress and bureaucratic reforms (Mendoza, et al., 2015).
Deliberative democracy, as a growing thought in contemporary times, is concerned at arriving political consensus and collective decision-making through participatory and ‘consequential’ deliberation by citizens affected or their representatives. It emerged as a radical response to the conventional democratic thought that puts voting as a translation of citizens’ decisions and preferences which, according to theorists, does not actually translate it into a more legitimate action since risks of manipulation of voters’ choices are apparent and the process by which decisions are conceptualized is not ‘rational’ as a whole.
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The study assessed Thai university student experiences and perceptions on the use of social media within the framework of socio-political and educational contexts. It employed the descriptive-correlation research design utilizing a survey questionnaire to gather data from 27 respondents chosen randomly. The findings showed that among the top social media platforms used by the respondents are Line (100%), Facebook (96.3%), Instagram (92.6%), Youtube (88.9%), and FB Messenger (77.8%). Averagely, the respondents spend ‘sometimes’ (3-4 hours a day) on social media. Separately, they spend ‘very often’ (5-6 hours a day) on Facebook and Line. In contrast, Thai students spend averagely ‘seldom’ (1-2 hours a day) on traditional media platforms such as television, radio, magazine and newspaper, SMS text messaging, forums and conferences and library.
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– H.E. Sompong Sanguanbun
Dean, Institute of Diplomacy & International Studies
Rangsit University International College