Media consumption and conspiracy beliefs in COVID-19 times – combing tracking and survey research

Adam, Silke; Makhortykh, Mykola; Urman, Aleksandra; Christner, Clara; Lopez, Teresa Gil; Maier, Michaela (9 April 2021). Media consumption and conspiracy beliefs in COVID-19 times – combing tracking and survey research (Unpublished). In: Dreiländertagung für Kommunikationswissenschaft (DACH 21). Online. 07.04.-09.04.2021.

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In this paper we examine the influence of information consumption on the development of conspiracy beliefs about the COVID-19 pandemic. Hereby, we assume that alternative online channels are crucial for understanding how conspiracy ideas spread. So far, however, research has primarily relied on survey data for analyzing information consumption. Such self-reported data tend to overjudge the usage of traditional media (e.g. Prior, 2009) and underperform in the case of alternative information channels used in our today’s multi-channel information environment due to social desirability and participants’ inability to recall their information diets. To counter these limitations, we combine survey data with tracking data acquired via an in-house solution that captures both URLs of the visited pages and their content for a broad range of platforms (e.g., news media and social media).

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Communication and Media Studies (ICMB)

UniBE Contributor:

Adam, Silke; Makhortykh, Mykola and Urman, Aleksandra

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Beatrice Romann

Date Deposited:

05 May 2021 15:13

Last Modified:

05 May 2021 15:13

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/154897

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