Field Guide to Online Political Conversations Infographics

Field Guide to Online Political Conversations Infographics


For many Canadians, social media has become a popular space to talk about politics. By allowing users to freely express their opinions and exchange ideas, social media can be a powerful tool to strengthen our democracy. But with Canadians encountering more anger and incivility online than in person, something has gone wrong.

There’s been a lot of talk about what governments and social media platforms should do to improve our digital discourse—and their action is needed. But we at the Samara Centre for Democracy think that online civility can begin with citizens learning how to disagree better.

The tips offered in these infographics, illustrated by Joren Cull, aim to change the way we discuss politics online.

1)  How to Overcome Big Emotions

This infographic looks at why conversations are so different on social media, and how to move from your gut to your brain.

Infographic #1

View Web Version (PNG) 

View Print Version (PDF)

2)  How to Spot a Bot

This infographic examines the rising cyber threat to elections, and how to watch for fake accounts that spread disinformation.


View Web Version (PNG)

View Print Version (PDF)

3)  How to Argue with Civility

This infographic illustrates why civility matters, and how to debate the issues with mutual respect.


View Web Version (PNG)

View Print Version (PDF)


Are you an elected representative?

This infographic provides advice for poltical leaders who want to make political discourse more productive and civil, both online and in person.

Infographic for Political Leaders

View Web Version (PNG)

View Print Version (PDF)

The Report

Want to dive deeper into our online political conversations research and recommendations?
Check out the complete Field Guide report below:



Subscribe to Newsletter

  • October 20, 2022

    The Samara Centre shares recommendations to PROC about hybrid Parliament

    The Samara Centre for Democracy appeared before the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (PROC) to share recommendations on virtual hybrid proceedings provisions in Parliament.
  • October 14, 2022

    In Defense of Democracy 2022

    The Samara Centre for Democracy celebrated our 15th anniversary by welcoming former Mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi for the In Defence of Democracy public lecture.
  • September 28, 2022

    Five Good Ideas

    Our Executive Director, Sabreena Delhon, participated in Maytree's Five Good Ideas series. She shared her five good ideas for how non-profits can evolve their impact in this period of transformation.
  • August 22, 2022

    2021 Federal Election Snapshot

    In the SAMbot 2021 Federal Election Snapshot, we present an overview of the toxic sentiment received by 298 public Twitter accounts monitored over the 36 day election period (August 15, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. ET to September 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET).

Donate button