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SocArXiv Papers | Exposure to Opposing Views can Increase Political Polarization: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment on Social Media
There is mounting concern that social media sites contribute to political polarization by creating ``echo chambers" that insulate people from opposing views about current events. We surveyed a large sample of Democrats and Republicans who visit Twitter at least three times each week about a range of social policy issues. One week later, we randomly assigned respondents to a treatment condition in which they were offered financial incentives to follow a Twitter bot for one month that exposed them to messages produced by elected officials, organizations, and other opinion leaders with opposing political ideologies. Respondents were re-surveyed at the end of the month to measure the effect of this treatment, and at regular intervals throughout the study period to monitor treatment compliance. We find that Republicans who followed a liberal Twitter bot became substantially more conservative post-treatment, and Democrats who followed a conservative Twitter bot became slightly more liberal post-treatment. These findings have important implications for the interdisciplinary literature on political polarization as well as the emerging field of computational social science.
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12 weeks ago by rvenkat
Campus political correctness: Data paints a different picture - Vox
-- There is a difference between espousing idealistic commitments to norms (here freedom of speech) and actually actively promoting and participating in the preservation of such norms. I think public opinion reflects the virtue signaling tendencies of the run of the mill liberal and is very different from the latter kind which requires that individuals contribute to public goods necessary for norm and institution maintenance.

There is a difference between signaling a belief in such values and actually sitting in student body meetings, faculty senate and bureaucratic board rooms and fighting hard for it and taking a stand against the *shouting class*.
survey  public_opinion  freedom_of_speech  university  liberalism  vox 
march 2018 by rvenkat
Trump's real plan for 2018 - Axios
A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.
election  politics  postman  publicsphere  public_opinion  hate  twitter 
february 2018 by rachaelsullivan

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