Rumors and factitious informational blends: The role of the web in speculative politics

@article{Rojecki2016RumorsAF,
  title={Rumors and factitious informational blends: The role of the web in speculative politics},
  author={Andrew Rojecki and Sharon Meraz},
  journal={New Media \& Society},
  year={2016},
  volume={18},
  pages={25 - 43}
}
The World Wide Web has changed the dynamics of information transmission and agenda-setting. Facts mingle with half-truths and untruths to create factitious informational blends (FIBs) that drive speculative politics. We specify an information environment that mirrors and contributes to a polarized political system and develop a methodology that measures the interaction of the two. We do so by examining the evolution of two comparable claims during the 2004 presidential campaign in three streams… 

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