The New Videomalaise : Effects of Televised Incivility on Political Trust

@inproceedings{Mutz2005TheNV,
  title={The New Videomalaise : Effects of Televised Incivility on Political Trust},
  author={Diana C Mutz},
  year={2005}
}
Does incivility in political discourse have adverse effects on public regard for politics? If so, why? In this study we present a theory suggesting that when viewers are exposed to televised political disagreement, it often violates well-established face-to-face social norms for the polite expression of opposing views. As a result, incivility in public discourse adversely affects trust in government. Drawing on three laboratory experiments, we find that televised presentations of political… CONTINUE READING

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