"It could turn ugly": Selective disclosure of attitudes in political discussion networks

  title={"It could turn ugly": Selective disclosure of attitudes in political discussion networks},
  author={Sarah K. Cowan and Delia Baldassarri},
  journal={Soc. Networks},
Abstract This article documents individuals selectively disclosing their political attitudes and discusses the consequences of these communication patterns for social influence and the democratic process. Using a large, diverse sample of U.S. resident adults, we ask under which conditions do people reveal their political preferences versus keeping them close to the vest. We find Americans are more likely to share their opinions with friends and family rather than co-workers and they are more… Expand
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