Misinformation Speaker Series 2021-22

Co-sponsored by:

Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

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David Rothschild

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Microsoft Research

Economist

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Monday, October 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual – Registration Required

TALK TITLE: Mainstream Media is the Problem

ABSTRACT: There is a lot of concern about how the news ecosystem affects public opinion, political polarization, and democracy. Most of the research and public debate focuses on overtly fake material, particularly as it is distributed through social media. But, the vast majority of news consumption is actual produced by mainstream media, and the most common mode of consumption is television. Meanwhile, many key demographic groups consume almost no news at all. Concerns about lack of information or misinformation should focus on where people actual consume (or don’t consume) news, and the product they are actually consuming: mainstream media.

BIO: David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. He has written extensively, in both the academic and popular press. His work pushes the boundaries on varying data and methods: polling, prediction markets, social media and online data, and large behavioral and administrative data. His work focuses on solving practical and interesting questions including: mapping and updating public opinion, the market for news, effect of advertising, finance, and an economist take on public policy.

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

Registration for this event is required, details on how to join the webinar will be sent to registered participants before the event. Register here. 

 

Emily Thorson

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Syracuse University

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Monday, November 22, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual – Registration Required

TALK TITLE: Factual Corrections and Misinformation During the 2020 U.S. Election: Evidence from Panel Experiments

ABSTRACT: We measure the immediate and medium-term effects of 21 highly-trafficked pieces of misinformation and fact-checks during the 2020 U.S. election with eight panel experiments (N = 17,681). Exposure to misinformation increased false beliefs by an average of 4.3 points on a 100-point belief certainty scale. Exposure to fact-checks more than corrected this effect, decreasing false beliefs by 10.5 points. The effects of fact-checks persisted at 66% of the immediate effect one week after exposure, and at 50% after more than two weeks. We estimate minuscule effects of misinformation and fact-checks on evaluations of political figures and groups. Fact-checks of party-congenial false claims were more effective among Democrats than Republicans. We examine this asymmetry with data provided to us by the fact-checking organization PolitiFact. We document robust heterogeneities by personality type and cognitive style, which further investigation suggests may be related to time spent reading fact-checks.

BIO: Emily Thorson is an assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University whose research focuses on misperceptions about politics and policy. She is the co-editor of the Misinformation and Mass Audiences (2018) as well as a special issue of the Journal of Communication on misinformation. Her book, The Invented State: Policy Misperceptions in the American Public, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

 

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

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Chris Bail

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Duke University

Professor of Sociology

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Monday, November 29, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual – Registration Required

TALK TITLE: TBD

ABSTRACT: TBD

BIO: TBD

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

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Joan Donovan

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Harvard Kennedy School

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, and Director of the Technology and Social Change Project

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Monday, December 6, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Virtual – Registration Required

TALK TITLE: TBD

ABSTRACT: TBD

BIO: TBD

Part of the speaker series on misinformation, co-sponsored by the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University.

Registration for this event is required, details on how to join the webinar will be sent to registered participants before the event. Register here.