The impact of anonymity and issue controversiality on the quality of online discussion

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The quality of online political discussion is a concern regarding the democratic potential of the internet. Although there is empirical evidence of the highs and lows in terms of the quality of online discussion, little is known about how different factors affect the discussion quality. Moreover, the effects of anonymity and issue controversiality have not been adequately addressed in previous research. Using an experimental design, the findings indicate that, contrary to expectations, anonymity does not necessarily have a negative effect on the discussion quality. Instead, issue controversiality is found to have a greater impact. Several interaction effects are found.
OriginalspråkOdefinierat/okänt
Sidor (från-till)37–51
TidskriftJournal of Information Technology and Politics
Volym13
Utgåva1
DOI
StatusPublicerad - 2016
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad

Nyckelord

  • politics
  • political discussion
  • online discussion
  • quality of discussion
  • anonymity
  • issue controversiality
  • factorial design
  • Experimental research

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