Some resources
The Internet, Media, and Politics
  • Adamic, L & Glance, N. 2005. “The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 US Election: Divided They Blog,” Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Link Discovery, pp. 36-43. [pdf]
  • Garrett, RK; Carnahan, D; Lynch, EK. 2011. “A Turn Toward Avoidance? Selective Exposure to Online Political Information, 2004—2008,” Political Behavior. [link]
  • Garrett, RK; Resnick, P. 2011. “Resisting Political Fragmentation on the Internet,” Daedalus 140(4): 108-120. [pdf]
  • Gilbert, E; Bergstrom, T; Karahalios, K. 2009. “Blogs Are Echo Chambers: Blogs Are Echo Chambers,” Proc. HICSS 2009. [pdf]
  • Horrigan, J; Garret, RK; and Resnick, P. 2004. “The Internet and Democratic Debate: Wired Americans hear more points of view.” Pew Internet & American Life Project, Washington, DC. [link]
  • Kelly, J; Smith, M; and Fisher, D. 2005. “Opinion Diversity in Online Political Discussion Networks,” Online Deliberation 2005. [pdf]
  • Munson, SA; Resnick, P. 2010. “Presenting Diverse Political Opinions: How and How Much,” CHI 2010. [pdf]
  • Munson, SA; Resnick, P. (2011). “The Prevalence of Political Discourse in Non-Political Blogs,” ICWSM 2011. [pdf]
  • Munson, SA; Zhou, DX; Resnick, P. 2009. “Sidelines: An Algorithm for Increasing Diversity in News and Opinion Aggregators,” ICWSM 2009. [pdf]
  • Park, S; Kang, S; Chung, S; Song, J. 2009. “NewsCube: delivering multiple aspects of news to mitigate media bias,” Proc. CHI 2009: 443-452. [pdf]
  • Rainie, L; Smith A. 2012. “Social networking sites and politics” a report of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. [link]
  • Stromer-Galley, J. 2003. “Diversity of Political Opinion on the Internet: Users' Perspectives,” Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 8(3). [link]
  • Stroud, NJ. 2007. “Media Use and Political Predispositions: Revisiting the Concept of Selective Exposure” Political Behavior, 30(3): 341-366. [pdf]
  • Sunstein, CS. 2001. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. [Amazon]
  • Wojcieszak, ME & Mutz, DC. 2009. “Online Groups and Political Discourse: Do Online Discussion Spaces Facilitate Exposure to Political Disagreement?” Journal of Communication 59(1): 40-56. [pdf]
Engagement with other Viewpoints
  • Kriplean, T; Morgan, JT; Freelon, DG; Borning, A; Bennett, L. 2012. “Supporting Reflective Public Thought with ConsiderIt,” CSCW 2012. [pdf]
  • Kriplean, T; Toomim, M; Morgan, JT; Borning, A; Ko, AJ. 2012. “Is This What You Meant? Promoting Listening on the Web with Reflect” CHI 2012. [pdf]
Selective Exposure
  • Donsbach, W. 1991. “Exposure to Political Content in Newspapers: The Impact of Cognitive Dissonance on Readers' Selectivity” European Journal of Communication 6(2):155-186. [link]
  • Frey, D. 1986. “Recent Research on Selective Exposure to Information,” Advances in Experimental Social Psychology 19: 41-80. [link]
  • Sears, DO; Freedman, JL. 1967. “Selective Exposure to Information: A Critical Review,” Public Opinion Quarterly 31(2):194-213. [link]
Rumors & Misinformation
  • Nyhan, B; Reifler, J. 2012. “Misinformation and Fact-checking: Research Findings from Social Science” New American Foundation's Media Policy Initiative. [pdf]
The Internet and the 2012 Election

In this directed research group, we will take advantage of the 2012 US national election cycle to plan, conduct, and review studies. Potential topics include:

  • Understanding people's preferences for accessing political news and opinion online,
  • The consequences of discovering friends' political preferences through social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter,
  • Processes for correcting rumors or counterfactual political information when it appears online,
  • Design and deployment of new tools for political news access and/or discourse,
  • [your idea here]

For some background reading, please see references to the right. Because the quarter starts rather close to the election, participants will be expected to be fairly self-starting. The format of the research group will be weekly meetings, in which we present and critique each others' research plans and progress. On some weeks, we may also read a recent paper in this area and discuss it as a group.

To apply, please submit a *maximum* one page (single-spaced) research statement, describing a research question, motivating/related literature, and how you might study it, and a short summary of your skills and experience. You may submit this individually or in a group. This statement need not be perfect, but should give a clear indication of what you might want to study. If you don't have all of the skills your proposed project will require, please say which are missing. We will use these statements to form groups at the start of the quarter or earlier, and we will get going immediately.

Time and location are TBD.

smunson at uw dot edu
323D Sieg Building
Campus Box 352315

Seattle, WA 98195
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