Cultural fault lines and political polarization

Yongren Shi, Kai Mast, Ingmar Weber, Agrippa Kellum, Michael Macy

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Abstract

Survey research reveals deep partisan divisions in the U.S. that extend beyond politics to include cultural tastes, lifestyle choices, and consumer preferences. We show how co-following on Twitter can be used to measure the extent to which these divisions are also evident in social media. We measure political alignment (location on the red-blue spectrum), relevance (overlap between cultural and political interests), and polarization (internal division) in music, movies, hobbies, sports, vehicles, food and drink, technology, universities, religions, and business. The results provide compelling evidence that "Tesla liberals" and "bird hunting conservatives" are stereotypes grounded in empirical reality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWebSci 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Web Science Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages213-217
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450348966
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2017
Event9th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2017 - Troy, United States
Duration: 25 Jun 201728 Jun 2017

Other

Other9th ACM Web Science Conference, WebSci 2017
CountryUnited States
CityTroy
Period25/6/1728/6/17

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Keywords

  • Culture
  • Networks
  • Polarization
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Shi, Y., Mast, K., Weber, I., Kellum, A., & Macy, M. (2017). Cultural fault lines and political polarization. In WebSci 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Web Science Conference (pp. 213-217). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3091478.3091520