CANCELED - Exposure to News in the Digital Age

Thursday, Apr 30, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon headshot

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

This event has unfortunately been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Speaker: Sandra Gonzalez-Bailon, Association Professor of Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty host: Jungseock Joo, Assistant Professor of Communication, UCLA

Online platforms are becoming the main source of news for the majority of the population. Further, the abundance of media options is a key characteristic of the current information environment; citizens today have many more choices on which news sources to consume than in any other time past. This fragmentation in the supply of news is shaping how citizens gain exposure to critical information for the functioning of democracies. Accounts of increasing polarization, ideological segregation, and echo-chamber effects paint a bleak picture of a citizenry that only obtains information from one side of the political divide - or, worse, from the edges of mainstream media outlets where nices of radical content thrive.

Contrary to many of those claims, Gonzalez-Bailon's talk will offer robust observational evidence that co-exposure to diverse news is on the rise, and that ideological self-selection is far from being the main driver of exposure to digital news. She will also offer comparative evidence analyzing patterns of news consumption across political contexts and media channels. The goal of this research is to build standardized indicators of exposure to news that we can compare across countries and digital platforms - thus offering missing evidence to test ongoing claims of th effects of digital technologies on access to political information.

Light refreshments will be served. Reservations are requested here.