Study Shows Conservative Rhetoric Promotes Hate

Posted by | August 4, 2012 04:45 | Filed under: Top Stories

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The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center shows that social media associated with conservative talk shows promote hate toward minorities.

This study analyzes how social networks that form around the hosts of commercial talk radio shows can propagate messages targeting vulnerable groups. Working with recorded broadcasts from five shows gathered over a six-week period, involving 102 scheduled guests and covering 88 topics, researchers determined hosts’ and guests’ ideological alignment on the topics discussed most frequently—including immigration and terrorism—through a content analysis of on-air statements and website content. The findings reveal that the hosts promoted an insular discourse that focused on, for example, anti-immigration, anti-Islam, and pro-Tea Party positions and that this discourse found repetition and amplification through social media.


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