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I am writing a research paper on the use of social media for the purpose of terrorism. For one of my supporting statements, I am attempting to describe how social media connects users with similar interests in order to promote people to share opinions, yet I cannot figure out the proper wording for the sentence. This is what I have so far:

Social Media connects users with similar interests, allowing for the [act of sharing an opinion], effectively increasing the incentive for one to speak out regarding their beliefs regarding contemporary events and issues.

The phrase is on the tip of my tongue, but I cannot seem to think of it. Thank you!

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    An act of sharing an opinion can be sharing an opinion itself. "... allowing for the sharing of opinions", effectively..." – NVZ Mar 26 '16 at 17:51
  • '... allowing them to contribute to the discussion' is in the same register. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 26 '16 at 18:02
  • to foster opinion sharing. But there is a caveat: I share you opinion means I agree with you so...maybe one should avoid opinion sharing or sharing of opinions and say allow for exchanging opinions.... – Lambie Mar 26 '16 at 18:41
  • "allowing for the [act of sharing an opinion]," -> "enabling debate" or perhaps "enabling discussion". I think you need such a phrase, to justify the later phrase "effectively increasing the incentive". – k1eran Mar 26 '16 at 18:50
  • I'm not sure I understand or agree with the premise.  Social media enable people to speak out regarding their beliefs regarding contemporary events and issues, by providing a venue (or a vehicle) for doing so, but I don't believe that it provides or increases any incentive for doing so (unless you count the somewhat narcissistic attention-seeking that seems to go with such media and the feedback that the most controversial contributors tend to accrue). – Scott Mar 26 '16 at 20:16
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Throwing your two cents in.

Is an idiomatic way of saying, sharing an opinion.

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    Thank you. This is what I have done with it: Social Media connects users with similar interests, allowing for users to throw their two cents in, effectively increasing the incentive for one to speak out regarding their beliefs regarding contemporary events and issues. – Trevor Judice Mar 26 '16 at 15:34
  • @TrevorJudice glad I could help. – Snoop Mar 26 '16 at 15:35
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    @Trevor Judice This is an incongruous mix of registers. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 26 '16 at 18:00
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    As StevieV said in his answer, this is an idiomatic phrase and is really too informal for the sentence you are writing, which seems very formal otherwise. – Karl Mar 26 '16 at 19:06
  • +1 EdwinAshworth; hope you don't mind my simplifying your comment for a non-native reader... – Karl Mar 26 '16 at 19:08
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I think the word you are looking for is opine.

From Oxford Learners:

to express a particular opinion

  • +1 because this literally answers the title, however I feel that given the entire question, discourse is a better choice. – Ben Voigt Mar 27 '16 at 20:31
  • Great. I switched over to using this word, as it is far more formal, with the added bonus of fluent flow within the sentence. – Trevor Judice Mar 27 '16 at 21:00
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To share an opinion is to spread the word, i.e. to leave it where it wasn't before.

When social media makes your opinion run among "similar people", then you're not spreading the word, not really sharing your opinion. Beware of it in your research.

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This is discourse:

the use of words to exchange thoughts and ideas

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Unlike "throwing one's two cents in", this term is suitable for use in academic discourse.

  • … or simply discussion. – Scott Mar 26 '16 at 20:20
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allowing for the expression of different views

I think this matches the register (level of speech) used in the original example.

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