Political Communication in the Online Era: Moral Psychology of News Media Consumption, New Forms of News Media, and Political Communication

Watts, J.L. (2017) Political Communication in the Online Era: Moral Psychology of News Media Consumption, New Forms of News Media, and Political Communication. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Jody Holland from Public Policy Leadership, University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Drawing on data from the moral psychology of political communication and literature on news media consumption, this thesis explores the relationships between new forms of news media and longstanding trends in the moral psychology of political communication. By discussing dynamic changes in the form and content of news media, as well as the new venues through which it is experienced, this thesis highlights three areas in which new forms of media place pressure on existing literature. Namely, it holds that the ways in which individuals experience new forms of news media place pressure on existing literature centering around the homogeneity of political discussion networks, the transmission of political expertise, and the credibility of news media. The implications of these pressures are numerous and multiply caused, and impel policymakers to take seriously questions concerning the regulation of news media content.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Watts, J.L.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Public Policy Leadership
Thesis Advisor: Jody Holland
Thesis Advisor's Department: Public Policy Leadership
Institution: University of Mississippi
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Depositing User: Mr. Jonathan Watts
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 15:30
Last Modified: 18 May 2018 15:30
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1247

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