Micro Agenda Setters: The Effect of Social Media on Young Adults’ Exposure to and Attitude Toward News

Donghee Yvette Wohn, Brian J. Bowe

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Abstract

Social media services like Facebook and Twitter are playing an increasingly large role as sources of news. This article investigates the ways the composition of social media networks affects people’s exposure to and attitude toward news. Focus groups (N = 31) and in-depth interviews (N = 15) with young adults of varying ethnicity and country of origin showed that people’s networks on social media function as micro agenda setters. The characteristics of people in one’s network can facilitate negative effects such as echo chambers and spirals of silence but can also unfold new perspectives and create awareness of topics not covered by legacy media.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Media and Society
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 11 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science Applications

Keywords

  • agenda setting
  • crystallization
  • media effects
  • news
  • social media
  • social networks

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