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Title: Conspiracism on social media: An agenda melding of group-mediated deceptions
Authors: Bantimaroudis, Philemon
Sideri, Maria
Ballas, Dimitris
Panagiotidis, Theodore
Ziogas, Thanasis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business
Keywords: agenda melding
group-mediated deceptions
social media
Issue Date: 2020
Source: International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
First Page: 115
Last Page: 138
Abstract: This study examines students’ social media interactions in relation to their subcultural explorations of a conspiratorial nature. A sample of 476 students from four European universities participated in a survey about conspiracy theories in social media group discussions. In the survey, we examined various social and media factors in relation to students’ beliefs in conspiracy theories. The results of this exploratory study reveal that students treat social media as news sources; furthermore, they trust social media more than traditional mass media. The study reveals demographic, personal and technological factors that encourage a mediated conspiratorial discourse.
ISSN: 1740-8296
Other Identifiers: 10.1386/macp_00020_1
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics

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