Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces

Jisun An, Haewoon Kwak, Oliver Posegga, Andreas Jungherr

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Abstract

Online platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit, provide users with a rich set of features for sharing and consuming political information, expressing political opinions, and exchanging potentially contrary political views. In such activities, two types of communication spaces naturally emerge: those dominated by exchanges between politically homogeneous users and those that allow and encourage crosscutting exchanges in politically heterogeneous groups. While research on political talk in online environments abounds, we know surprisingly little about the potentially varying nature of discussions in politically homogeneous spaces as compared to cross-cutting communication spaces. To fill this gap, we use Reddit to explore the nature of political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces. In particular, we develop an analytical template to study interaction and linguistic patterns within and between politically homogeneous and heterogeneous communication spaces. Our analyses reveal different behavioral patterns in homogeneous and cross-cutting communications spaces. We discuss theoretical and practical implications in the context of research on political talk online.

Original languageEnglish
Pages68-79
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 11 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

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Conference13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period11/6/1914/6/19

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  • Computer Networks and Communications

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An, J., Kwak, H., Posegga, O., & Jungherr, A. (2019). Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces. 68-79. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019, Munich, Germany.

Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces. / An, Jisun; Kwak, Haewoon; Posegga, Oliver; Jungherr, Andreas.

2019. 68-79 Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019, Munich, Germany.

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An, J, Kwak, H, Posegga, O & Jungherr, A 2019, 'Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces' Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019, Munich, Germany, 11/6/19 - 14/6/19, pp. 68-79.
An J, Kwak H, Posegga O, Jungherr A. Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces. 2019. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019, Munich, Germany.
An, Jisun ; Kwak, Haewoon ; Posegga, Oliver ; Jungherr, Andreas. / Political discussions in homogeneous and cross-cutting communication spaces. Paper presented at 13th International Conference on Web and Social Media, ICWSM 2019, Munich, Germany.12 p.
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