Facilitating communication across lines of political difference: The role of mass media

Citation
Dc. Mutz et Ps. Martin, Facilitating communication across lines of political difference: The role of mass media, AM POLI SCI, 95(1), 2001, pp. 97-114
Citations number
67
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Politucal Science & public Administration
Journal title
AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW
ISSN journal
0003-0554 → ACNP
Volume
95
Issue
1
Year of publication
2001
Pages
97 - 114
Database
ISI
SICI code
0003-0554(200103)95:1<97:FCALOP>2.0.ZU;2-U
Abstract
We use national survey data to examine the extent to which various sources of political information expose people to dissimilar political views. We hy pothesize that the individual's ability and desire to exercise selective ex posure is a key factor in determining whether a given source produces expos ure to dissimilar views. Although a lack of diverse perspectives is a commo n complaint against American news media, we find that individuals ape expos ed to far move dissimilar political views via news media than through inter personal political discussants. The media advantage is rooted in the relati ve difficulty of selectively exposing oneself to those sources of informati on, as well as the lesser desire to do so, given the impersonal nature of m ass media.