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Forgetfulness, Media Use, andSocial Networks of Talking Politics: An Examination of Public OpinionFormation with Agent-based Modeling

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The concept of deliberative democracy is based on the assumption that the societal agreement is achievable through continuous communication between individual citizens. Therefore, knowing how the members of a society reach an agreement and how fast a stable aggregated opinion occurs will help understand the wave of public opinion changes.
Based on Zaller’s (1992) theory of mass opinion origination, the authors construct an agent-based model—taking into account the interaction between individuals and their social networks of political discussion, opinion leaders, and the news media—to present the influence of memory on a deliberative democracy. The authors point out that, first, individuals’ forgetting about information—the inability to retrieve many past impressions on an issue—is a factor of the longer lasting societal deliberation. Second, social networks play a role of homogenizing opinions. Third, accessing the news media offsets the influence of social networks and enables longer deliberation. Fourth, without accessing the news media, it becomes more difficult for a minority opinion to survive within social networks when members of society become more forgetful about an issue. The authors also discuss the implication and limitations of the findings with respect to enhancing deliberative democracy.

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Liu, Cheng-shan. and Johnson, Paul. "Forgetfulness, Media Use, andSocial Networks of Talking Politics: An Examination of Public OpinionFormation with Agent-based Modeling" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 15, 2004 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p82633_index.html>

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Liu, C. and Johnson, P. , 2004-04-15 "Forgetfulness, Media Use, andSocial Networks of Talking Politics: An Examination of Public OpinionFormation with Agent-based Modeling" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p82633_index.html

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Abstract: The concept of deliberative democracy is based on the assumption that the societal agreement is achievable through continuous communication between individual citizens. Therefore, knowing how the members of a society reach an agreement and how fast a stable aggregated opinion occurs will help understand the wave of public opinion changes.
Based on Zaller’s (1992) theory of mass opinion origination, the authors construct an agent-based model—taking into account the interaction between individuals and their social networks of political discussion, opinion leaders, and the news media—to present the influence of memory on a deliberative democracy. The authors point out that, first, individuals’ forgetting about information—the inability to retrieve many past impressions on an issue—is a factor of the longer lasting societal deliberation. Second, social networks play a role of homogenizing opinions. Third, accessing the news media offsets the influence of social networks and enables longer deliberation. Fourth, without accessing the news media, it becomes more difficult for a minority opinion to survive within social networks when members of society become more forgetful about an issue. The authors also discuss the implication and limitations of the findings with respect to enhancing deliberative democracy.

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Forgetfulness Media Use and Social Networks of Political Discussion: An Examination of Public Opinion Formation with Agent-based Modeling Cheng-shan (Frank) Liu ashan@ku.edu Paul E. Johnson pauljohn@lark.cc.ku.edu The Department of Political Science The University of Kansas Paper Presented to st 61 National Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association April 15-18 2004 Chicago IL USA Abstract The concept of deliberative democracy is based on the assumption that the societal agreement is achievable through continuous communication between individual citizens. Therefore knowing
Communication 18(3) 273-300. Watts D. (1999). Small Worlds. Princeton N.J.: Princeton University Press. Wyatt R. Kim J. & Katz E. (2000). Communicating in a diverse society: How feeling free to talk affects ordinary political conversation purposeful argumentation and civic participation. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 77(1) 99-114. Zaller J. (1992). The nature and origins of mass opinion. Cambridge England ; New York NY: Cambridge University Press. Zaller J. & Feldman S. (1992). A simple theory of the survey response:


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