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What you get without "broken windows" policing

The Distorting Prism of Social Media 

How Self-Selection and Exposure to Incivility Fuel Online Comment Toxicity

By Jin Woo Kim (Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania); Andrew Guess (Dept. of Politics, Princeton University); Brendan Nyhan (Dept. of Government, Dartmouth College); Jason Reifler, (Dept. of Politics, University of Exeter)

Abstract: Though prior studies have analyzed the textual characteristics of online comments about politics, less is known about how selection into commenting behavior and exposure to other people’s comments changes the tone and content of political discourse. This article makes three contributions. First, we show that frequent commenters on Facebook are more likely to be interested in politics, to have more polarized opinions, and to use toxic language in comments in an elicitation task. Second, we find that people who comment on articles in the real world use more toxic language on average than the public as a whole; levels of toxicity in comments scraped from media outlet Facebook pages greatly exceed what is observed in comments we elicit on the same articles from a nationally representative sample. Finally, we demonstrate experimentally that exposure to toxic language in comments increases the toxicity of subsequent comments.

Independent Senators?

Nate Silver ponders, continued after the jump:

Perhaps a bit far-fetched, but Romney actually has a decent amount of leverage, if he and one of Collins, Murkowski, etc. threatened to become "Independent Republicans" or what have you who caucused with the Democrats.

— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 20, 2020

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

"Anarchist Meme Collective" wants you to get Woke about Kamala Harris

Thread continues with 44 tweets total so far, their points gleaned from news stories

-credit of politijohn on tumblr

1: Pushed a law that forces schools to turn undocumented students over to ICE, separating them from their parents and violating human rights

A million MAGA pancakes

explanation after the jump


My first thread on topic is here and in the 75 comments posted from Sept. 3 to Nov. 9, 2020, has plenty of content that is still quite useful


I'll start the new thread in comments.

Angry partisan liberals turn off liberltarians

Think: what would Bill Gates think seeing attacks on Susan Collins? He doesn't do political outrage.

I think that Joe not playing this way is what helped him win

Lincoln Project has new projects: The Georgia Senate race; Trump's Lawyers; Transition Support

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