Incivility Online: Affective and Behavioral Reactions to Uncivil Political Posts in a Web-based Experiment

  title={Incivility Online: Affective and Behavioral Reactions to Uncivil Political Posts in a Web-based Experiment},
  author={Bryan T. Gervais},
  journal={Journal of Information Technology \& Politics},
  pages={167 - 185}
  • Bryan T. Gervais
  • Published 14 January 2015
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Information Technology & Politics
ABSTRACT With the advances in interpersonal communication of the “Web 2.0” era, questions about the importance of civility are perhaps more important than ever. Mass digital interaction between strangers has become an everyday occurrence, bound by few behavioral norms. I argue that the widespread presence of incivility in online political communication limits the deliberative potential of online interactions. To test this hypothesis, I manipulate exposure to uncivil political discourse in an… 

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