From Incivility to Outrage: Political Discourse in Blogs, Talk Radio, and Cable News

@article{Sobieraj2011FromIT,
  title={From Incivility to Outrage: Political Discourse in Blogs, Talk Radio, and Cable News},
  author={Sarah Sobieraj and Jeffrey M. Berry},
  journal={Political Communication},
  year={2011},
  volume={28},
  pages={19 - 41}
}
Most research on incivility in American politics focuses on its effects on citizens' political attitudes and behaviors, in spite of remarkably little data on the extent to which political discourse is actually uncivil. Those studies that do examine content focus on negative campaign advertisements, overlooking more egregious forms of political incivility that penetrate the broader media landscape. In this study, we attempt to conceptualize and measure more dramatic types of political incivility… 

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