'Don't talk to me': effects of ideologically homogeneous online groups and politically dissimilar offline ties on extremism

@article{Wojcieszak2010DontTT,
  title={'Don't talk to me': effects of ideologically homogeneous online groups and politically dissimilar offline ties on extremism},
  author={Magdalena Wojcieszak},
  journal={New Media & Society},
  year={2010},
  volume={12},
  pages={637-655}
}
This study analyzes cross-sectional data obtained from respondents in neo-Nazi online discussion forums and textual data from postings to these forums. It assesses the impact of participation in radical and homogeneous online groups on opinion extremism and probes whether this impact depends on political dissimilarity of strong and weak offline ties. Specifically, does dissimilarity attenuate (as deliberative theorists hope) or rather exacerbate (as research on biased processing predicts… CONTINUE READING
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