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  1. 29 Nov 2022 Journal Article Information, Communication & Society

    Perceived prevalence of misinformation fuels worries about COVID-19: a cross-country, multi-method investigation

    Abstract

    Data suggests that the majority of citizens in various countries came across ‘fake news’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. We test the relationship between perceived prevalence of misinformation and people’s worries about COVID-19. In Study 1, analyses of a survey across 17 countries indicate a positive association: perceptions of high prevalence of misinformation are

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  2. 6 Oct 2022 Preprint Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: NAACL 2022

    Detecting Narrative Elements in Informational Text

    Abstract

    Automatic extraction of narrative elements from text, combining narrative theories with computational models, has been receiving increasing attention over the last few years. Previous works have utilized the oral narrative theory by Labov and Waletzky to identify various narrative elements in personal stories texts. Instead, we direct our focus to informational texts

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  3. 19 Sep 2022 Journal Article Political Communication

    Mediated Representation at the Age of Social Media: How Connection with Politicians Contributes to Citizens’ Feelings of Representation. Evidence from a Longitudinal Study

    Abstract

    Modern democracies are built around the idea of representation: the electorate is represented, and perhaps more importantly, should feel represented. Yet recent decades have been marked by a growing gap between citizens and the political system. The emergence of new, more direct communication channels such as social media gave rise to expectations that the two sides

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  4. 4 Sep 2022 Journal Article Political Communication

    The Effects of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Selective Exposure: Evidence from 17 Countries

    Abstract

    A widely believed claim is that citizens tend to selectively expose themselves to like-minded information. However, when individuals find the information useful, they are more likely to consume cross-cutting sources. While crises such as terror attacks and pandemics can enhance the utility of cross-cutting information, empirical evidence on the role of real-world external

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  5. 1 Sep 2022 Journal Article Nations and Nationalism

    Do we have something in common? Understanding national identities through a metanarrative analysis

    Abstract

    Many scholars stress the role national identities play as an essential element that shapes interests and explains political behaviours. Others, however, contend that national identities are too amorphic and highlight the analytical challenge of employing them as a research variable. We propose the use of metanarratives as a theoretical framework that captures the essence

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  6. Sep 2022 Journal Article The Elections in Israel, 2019–2021

    Three in a (Right-Wing) Boat: Media, Politicians, and the Public in the Age of Digital Communication 1

    Abstract

    In the modern political landscape, the massive use of digital networked technologies, such as websites and social media, holds direct consequences for the relationship between three dominant social actors – the media, politicians, and citizens. While some argue that new media technologies may restore citizens’ capacity to shape their political arena, others emphasize

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  7. 1 Jul 2022 Journal Article Political Studies

    Revisiting Elite Perceptions as Mediator of Elite Responsiveness to Public Opinion

    Abstract

    Elites forming a perception of what the public wants is an important way in which democratic representation comes about, the assumption holds. Yet very few are the studies that examine the effect of elite perceptions on politician action. This study sets out to revisit the matter, measuring actual public priorities, elite perceptions of public priorities and a wide

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  8. 11 May 2022 Journal Article Journal of Global Security Studies

    What Happens to Peace When the Process is Stalled: Competing International Approaches to the Israeli–Palestinian Conflict, 1996–2021

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    Does an ongoing stalemate in a peace process affect the international agenda toward the conflict and international perceptions about policies that should be adopted to resolve it? We provide a tentative answer to this question by drawing insight from analysis of developments and trends in international media attention to key terms and concepts in the context of the

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  9. Jan 2022 Book

    Building Theory in Political Communication - The Politics-Media-Politics Approach

    Abstract

    In Building Theory in Political Communication, Gadi Wolfsfeld, Tamir Sheafer, and Scott Althaus present the first generalizable conceptual framework for political communication that is also falsifiable, explaining how media performance contributes to successful political performance across nations, regime types, and information systems. The book identifies three tensions

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  10. 9 Oct 2021 Journal Article New Media & Society

    Does the platform matter? Social media and COVID-19 conspiracy theory beliefs in 17 countries

    Abstract

    While the role of social media in the spread of conspiracy theories has received much attention, a key deficit in previous research is the lack of distinction between different types of platforms. This study places the role of social media affordances in facilitating the spread of conspiracy beliefs at the center of its enquiry. We examine the relationship between

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