“You too, Second Screeners?” Second Screeners’ Echo Chambers During the 2016 U.S. Elections Primaries

  title={“You too, Second Screeners?” Second Screeners’ Echo Chambers During the 2016 U.S. Elections Primaries},
  author={Tsahi Hayat and Tal Samuel-Azran},
  journal={Journal of Broadcasting \& Electronic Media},
  pages={291 - 308}
This article examines second screeners’ conversations during the 2016 U.S. election primaries. Over a 2-week period, we collected Twitter mentions of 3 top cable news shows (N = 49,568) posted while these shows were broadcast. Using social network analysis, we reconstructed the social network of second screeners (N = 27,811) and found that the network exhibits ideological homophily with few cross-camp interactions. Our findings strongly indicate the existence of echo chambers in the second… 
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