Public Discourse in the Web Does Not Exhibit Group Polarization
12 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007 Last revised: 16 May 2008
Date Written: May 14, 2008
We performed a massive study of the dynamics of group deliberation among several websites containing millions of opinions on topics ranging from books to media. Contrary to the common phenomenon of group polarization observed offline, we measured a strong tendency towards moderate views in the course of time. This phenomenon possibly operates through a self-selection bias whereby previous comments and ratings elicit contrarian views that soften the previous opinions.
Keywords: opinion formation, information cascades, group polarizationi
JEL Classification: D70, L15, M30
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