Faculty members Lindsay Hoffman (CPC Coordinator of Technology Research), Phil Jones (political science) and Dannagal Young (communication) report on their interdisciplinary collaboration in two separate publications in the respected journals Computers in Human Behavior and New Media & Society. Read about it in UDaily.
The study, titled “Does My Comment Count? Perceptions of Political Participation in an Online Environment,” addresses the question whether, when people engage in political behavior online -- “liking” a candidate’s Facebook page, tweeting their thoughts about a political platform, or signing a virtual petition -- they view their activities as influencing the functions of government (participation) or as communication with others.
An earlier project, the first funded scholarship from the Center for Political Communication, Civic Engagement 2.0 examined the role of the Internet in political discourse. Faculty from UD's Departments of Communication and Political Science and International Relations teamed up to examine the ways people participate online and how they perceive these activities.
First year funding for this project was provided by a grant from the Unidel Foundation to the UD College of Arts and Sciences' Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center.
Is there an enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats online?
How active are young people in online politics?
Who has the loudest voice online?
How much to you pay attention to public affairs info?
What do you do online that’s politically engaged?
What do you do offline that’s politically engaged?
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