How Propaganda Techniques Leverage Their Advantages: A Cross-national Study of the Effects of Chinese International Propaganda on the U.S. and South Korean Audiences

Bumgi Min*, Rose L W LUQIU

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Abstract

The aim of this study is to explore the effects of recent Chinese international propaganda by adopting a conditional process analysis of U.S. and South Korean audiences. Our study yields three major findings. First, perceived credibility plays a significant role as a mediator between new propaganda and its persuasive effect. Second, both the perceived credibility of a message and its persuasive effect are moderated by the nationality of the audience (American or Korean in our study). Third, the indirect persuasive effect of a piece of Chinese international propaganda, as mediated through its perceived credibility, is further moderated by the nationality of the audience (i.e., American or Korean). This paper thus stands to contribute to cross-national studies of the media effect of international propaganda by identifying factors associated with perceived credibility and the persuasive effect and assessing the influence of propaganda on public attitudes in other nations.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Communication
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

User-Defined Keywords

  • cross-national study
  • international propaganda
  • media effect
  • perceived credibility
  • public diplomacy

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