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Political disagreement and ambivalence in new information environment: Exploring conditional indirect effects of partisan news use and heterogeneous discussion networks on SNSs on political participation

Title
Political disagreement and ambivalence in new information environment: Exploring conditional indirect effects of partisan news use and heterogeneous discussion networks on SNSs on political participation
Authors
KIM, JINHEEHyun, Ki Deuk
POSTECH Authors
KIM, JINHEE
Date Issued
Dec-2017
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Abstract
This study investigates the (de)mobilizing influences of political (dis)agreement in the news and in political discussion on political attitudes and participation in new information environments. Results demonstrate the mediating functions of political ambivalence in that exposure to proattitudinal news reduces ambivalence and thereby promotes political participation, whereas exposure to counter-attitudinal news increases ambivalence and thereby discourages participation. Importantly, the effect of exposure to counter-attitudinal news on ambivalence was moderated by heterogeneous discussion networks on social network sites, such that the combination of exposure to counter-attitudinal news and to heterogeneous discussion networks amplifies ambivalence additively, and thereby augments the tendency toward demobilization. These results are interpreted as suggesting that changing media contexts may lead to complex roles of news and political discussion.
Keywords
Political disagreementPolitical ambivalencePartisan newsHeterogeneous political discussion networkPolitical participation
URI
http://oasis.postech.ac.kr/handle/2014.oak/38954
DOI
10.1016/j.tele.2017.07.005
ISSN
0736-5853
Article Type
Article
Citation
TELEMATICS AND INFORMATICS, vol. 34, no. 8, page. 1586 - 1596, 2017-12
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