Selective Exposure in the Age of Social Media

  title={Selective Exposure in the Age of Social Media},
  author={Solomon Messing and Sean J. Westwood},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={1042 - 1063}
Much of the literature on polarization and selective exposure presumes that the internet exacerbates the fragmentation of the media and the citizenry. Yet this ignores how the widespread use of social media changes news consumption. Social media provide readers a choice of stories from different sources that come recommended from politically heterogeneous individuals, in a context that emphasizes social value over partisan affiliation. Building on existing models of news selectivity to… Expand
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