Can you believe the media? Evidence from 3 surveys

8,000 Americans were asked about the credibility of the media, as part of Voter Study Group, and the results suggest that there are still people who believe the media, but... There are not that many of them: The unusual wording of the prompt might make you pause before concluding…

Innovation in protective bubbles

Facebook encourages people to collect "memories" in the same place. It can certainly be useful down the road to have a centralized repository, given that many people now use Facebook as something like a diary, blog, noticeboard, or a photo book. (Let's put data ownership issues aside, and…

Twitter use by politicians

Andreas Jungherr, a professor at the University of Konstanz, summarizes existing research on how Twitter is used in election campaigns. Selected insights: Twitter is not a dialogue-enabling tool. Social media has (mostly) not change power dynamics between parties and candidates. Active Twitter use does not imply electoral success. Key moments…