Echo Chambers or Windows on the World? Partisan Selective Exposure and the Online News Environment

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105964
Title:
Echo Chambers or Windows on the World? Partisan Selective Exposure and the Online News Environment
Author:
Garrett, Kelly
Citation:
Echo Chambers or Windows on the World? Partisan Selective Exposure and the Online News Environment 2005-12,
Issue Date:
Dec-2005
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105964
Submitted date:
2005-12-02
Abstract:
How will people use the Internet and other emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) to shape their exposure to political information? Will Internet users be inclined to fashion an information environment that reflects their own political predispositions, or will they continue to encounter a range of perspectives online? In this talk Garrett addresses these questions using two interconnected research projects. The first project uses nationally representative survey data to examine how contemporary use of the Internet is influencing citizens' overall exposure to political information. The second project focuses on individual choices about exposure to news items in an online environment that affords enhanced control over partisanship. Taken together, these projects clarify the contemporary dynamic of selective political exposure, providing evidence about citizens' underlying preferences regarding political information. The results suggest that individuals' preference for support and their aversion to challenge are different. People (1) seek out sources that support their viewpoints; (2) are interested in news items with which they agree; and (3) use online sources to increase their repertoire of opinion-supporting arguments. They do not, however, systematically exclude exposure to other viewpoints. Ultimately, this research suggests that individuals value awareness of other perspectives, while simultaneously wanting to limit their contact with them.
Type:
Presentation
Language:
en
Keywords:
World Wide Web; Journalism; Internet; Information Seeking Behaviors

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGarrett, Kellyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2005-12-02T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:37:28Z-
dc.date.issued2005-12en_US
dc.date.submitted2005-12-02en_US
dc.identifier.citationEcho Chambers or Windows on the World? Partisan Selective Exposure and the Online News Environment 2005-12,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105964-
dc.description.abstractHow will people use the Internet and other emerging information and communication technologies (ICTs) to shape their exposure to political information? Will Internet users be inclined to fashion an information environment that reflects their own political predispositions, or will they continue to encounter a range of perspectives online? In this talk Garrett addresses these questions using two interconnected research projects. The first project uses nationally representative survey data to examine how contemporary use of the Internet is influencing citizens' overall exposure to political information. The second project focuses on individual choices about exposure to news items in an online environment that affords enhanced control over partisanship. Taken together, these projects clarify the contemporary dynamic of selective political exposure, providing evidence about citizens' underlying preferences regarding political information. The results suggest that individuals' preference for support and their aversion to challenge are different. People (1) seek out sources that support their viewpoints; (2) are interested in news items with which they agree; and (3) use online sources to increase their repertoire of opinion-supporting arguments. They do not, however, systematically exclude exposure to other viewpoints. Ultimately, this research suggests that individuals value awareness of other perspectives, while simultaneously wanting to limit their contact with them.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectWorld Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectJournalismen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectInformation Seeking Behaviorsen_US
dc.titleEcho Chambers or Windows on the World? Partisan Selective Exposure and the Online News Environmenten_US
dc.typePresentationen_US
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