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Effects of network heterogeneity on social media on opinion polarization among South Koreans: Focusing on fear and political orientation

Title
Effects of network heterogeneity on social media on opinion polarization among South Koreans: Focusing on fear and political orientation
Authors
Lee, JiyoungChoi, Yunjung
Ewha Authors
최윤정
SCOPUS Author ID
최윤정scopus
Issue Date
2020
Journal Title
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION GAZETTE
ISSN
1748-0485JCR Link

1748-0493JCR Link
Citation
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION GAZETTE vol. 82, no. 2, pp. 119 - 139
Keywords
Fearfulnessnetwork heterogeneitypolitical orientationspublic opinion surveysocial media
Publisher
SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Document Type
Article
Abstract
Recent studies have shown mixed findings regarding the relationship between network heterogeneity on social media and opinion polarization. Focusing on individual-level variables (i.e., individuals' political orientation, fear of a risky situation, and fear of an out-group), the objective of this study was to investigate opinion polarization over North Korean issues that have brought out threats to South Koreans and tangled with political orientations in the nation. Our analysis indicated that network heterogeneity on social media could decrease polarization. Moderation effects of political orientation and fear of political opponents in the relationship between network heterogeneity and polarization were also found. Findings of this study extend previous discussions regarding the relationship between network heterogeneity and polarization in the context of social media by concentrating on North Korea's threatening situation.
DOI
10.1177/1748048518820499
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