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Ideology and consumption of online political information: Examining ideological selective exposure in the Israeli 2013 elections.

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The tendency of individuals to seek congruent information has long ago been acknowledged, but the extent of this phenomenon in the online environment is under debate. This paper uses a combination of weblogs documenting participants’ Internet use (661,483 URLs from 15,976 websites visited by 402 participants in the weeks leading to the 2013 Israeli elections) in combination with survey data to explore a) the extent of exposure to partisan information, b) whether that exposure is associated with political ideology, c) whether or not it is accompanied by exposure to incongruent sources, d) whether self-reported measures of partisan exposure are associated with actual indicators of such exposure and e) whether the overall macro-level exposure patterns create online echo chambers. Results demonstrate that partisan content accounted for only 3% of total volume of web browsing. However, exposure to online partisan content was associated with ideology (e.g., right-winged respondents tended to visit right wing websites). Such congruent partisan exposure was also associated with exposure to incongruent sources, such that consuming congruent materials in addition to mainstream and incongruent materials was not uncommon. Findings also demonstrated that self-reported measures of exposure were inflated, compared to actual web use data and that the association between self-report and actual online news use were weak at best. Network analysis demonstrated a diverse media repertoire; there was no evidence that parts of the audience are centered on a group of websites.

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Selective exposure, Partisan media, Media exposure
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Name: Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology
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Dvir Gvirsman, Shira., Tsfati, Yariv. and Menchen-Trevino, Erika. "Ideology and consumption of online political information: Examining ideological selective exposure in the Israeli 2013 elections." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy, Jul 04, 2014 <Not Available>. 2014-12-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p727631_index.html>

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Dvir Gvirsman, S. , Tsfati, Y. and Menchen-Trevino, E. , 2014-07-04 "Ideology and consumption of online political information: Examining ideological selective exposure in the Israeli 2013 elections." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy <Not Available>. 2014-12-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p727631_index.html

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Abstract: The tendency of individuals to seek congruent information has long ago been acknowledged, but the extent of this phenomenon in the online environment is under debate. This paper uses a combination of weblogs documenting participants’ Internet use (661,483 URLs from 15,976 websites visited by 402 participants in the weeks leading to the 2013 Israeli elections) in combination with survey data to explore a) the extent of exposure to partisan information, b) whether that exposure is associated with political ideology, c) whether or not it is accompanied by exposure to incongruent sources, d) whether self-reported measures of partisan exposure are associated with actual indicators of such exposure and e) whether the overall macro-level exposure patterns create online echo chambers. Results demonstrate that partisan content accounted for only 3% of total volume of web browsing. However, exposure to online partisan content was associated with ideology (e.g., right-winged respondents tended to visit right wing websites). Such congruent partisan exposure was also associated with exposure to incongruent sources, such that consuming congruent materials in addition to mainstream and incongruent materials was not uncommon. Findings also demonstrated that self-reported measures of exposure were inflated, compared to actual web use data and that the association between self-report and actual online news use were weak at best. Network analysis demonstrated a diverse media repertoire; there was no evidence that parts of the audience are centered on a group of websites.


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