polarization

Publication date: 
03/2019
Authors: 
Sarah Shugars
Nick Beauchamp

Individuals acquire increasingly more of their political information from social media, and ever more of that online time is spent in interpersonal, peer-to-peer communication and conversation. Yet, many of these conversations can be either acrimoniously unpleasant or pleasantly uninformative. Why do we seek out and engage in these interactions? Who do people choose to argue with, and what brings them back to repeated exchanges?

Keywords: 
politics
social media
interpersonal communication
deliberation
polarization
natural language processing
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