Master of Arts (MA)
Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
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This study explores how often individuals discuss politics with family/friends and acquaintances, how often individuals are exposed to disagreement during those discussions, the strategies they use to respond to political disagreement, and the use of news media following those disagreements. Through the lens of Uses and Gratifications theory, this study examined these elements through an online survey of U.S. adults. The results of this study did not support Hopmann’s, Bjarnøe’s, and Wonneberger’s findings about the relationship between the frequency of political disagreement and the strategies for responding to that disagreement. This study highlights how the discussions and disagreements we have about politics can affect why we use the news.
Conversation; Interpersonal Communication; Journalism; Politics; Questionnaire; Survey
Broadcast and Video Studies | Communication | Journalism Studies | Political Science
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Carmona, Michael, "Political Discussion and Disagreement: Seeking Validation Through News Media" (2022). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 4379.
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