This study brings together two debates: fears about an increasingly polarized electorate and the effects of uncivil political discourse, especially in the blogosphere. We explore the effects of an uncivil, attacking message on group identification and polarization. We find that uncivil messages provoke negative emotional responses among partisans, which can mediate changes in partisan identification, but this process depends on whether the respondents identified with the attacking or the attacked group.
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2008|
|Event||Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2008 Annual Conference - Chicago, United States|
Duration: 6 Aug 2008 → 9 Aug 2008
|Conference||Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2008 Annual Conference|
|Period||6/08/08 → 9/08/08|