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The Usage of Partisan News and Its Impact on Compromise Open Access

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In the last few years news media has undergone massive fragmentation, calling into question the existence and sustainability of mass media. This trend is compounded by a rise in politically slanted news alternatives. This work will seek to uncover what impact this new media environment, particularly the ability it has given people to selectively choose their news consumption, has on cross-cutting political exposure, ideology and willingness to compromise. I argue that the ability to selectively choose which news outlets and what articles a person will read will cause ideologues to choose those that seem to fit their political point of view. This selective exposure will reinforce political ideologies and weaken willingness to compromise with the opposing party. I explore these hypotheses through a survey exploring the perception of biased media usage at the source level, an experiment in exposure to biased news coverage to determine its effect on attitudes toward compromise and a natural experiment using tagging and tracking methodologies to determine if behavior changes with the inclusion directional labeling.

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