Segmenting the Electorate: The Effects of Exposure to Political Extremism Online

  title={Segmenting the Electorate: The Effects of Exposure to Political Extremism Online},
  author={Benjamin R. Warner},
  journal={Communication Studies},
  pages={430 - 444}
The Internet provides people with an opportunity to preselect the ideological perspective of the political content they encounter, allowing them to fragment themselves into narrow interest groups and ultimately polarize along ideological lines. This study seeks to test the extremism portion of the fragmentation thesis: that if individuals sort into cocoons of homogeneous perspectives their attitudes will polarize and greater political extremism will result. A random sample of students was… Expand
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