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Political Polarization in the Digital Age: Is Social Media More than an Echo Chamber?

  • SAGE Publishing 1 Oliver's Yard London, England, EC1Y 1SP United Kingdom (map)

SAGE Ocean Speaker Series #5

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About the talk: A growing proportion of citizens rely on social media to gather political information and to engage in political discussions within their personal networks. Existing studies argue that social media create "echo-chambers," where individuals are primarily exposed to like-minded views. In this talk, Pablo will discuss recent work that examines this question using new methods and data from social media sites. Contrary to the conventional wisdom, his research shows that most social media users are embedded in ideologically diverse networks and that in fact social media increases exposure to diverse political messages compared to offline consumption of political information.

Pablo Barberá is an Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science at the London School of Economics. His research develops new computational methods to understand the impact of social media platforms on democratic politics.

 

This event is free and pizza/beer/wine/soft drinks will be provided.
Space is limited, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Earlier Event: September 25
SocInfo 2018