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Media Consumption, Misinformation, and Polarization
Social media has transformed the media and political landscape, but the vast majority of Americans still get their news from traditional sources such as local TV, cable TV, radio, and newspapers. As the media environment continues to fracture, how does news consumption and social media behavior affect how voters think about and engage in politics? This seminar will present new research on media consumption and the spread of misinformation in both English and Spanish, the effects of partisan media on viewers’ beliefs and attitudes, and the effect of media coverage on perceptions of political polarization.