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Study: Twittersphere is a liberal, myopic, negative place

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    The conversation on Twitter surrounding major political events might not be remotely indicative of larger public opinion, a new study suggests.

    The conclusions of a year-long study by the Pew Research Center, published Monday, found that reactions on Twitter to eight major news events and policy decisions often ran contrary to surveyed public opinion. Reactions on the social network to the events analyzed — which included the outcome of the presidential election, the first presidential debate and several major speeches by President Barack Obama — also generally trended more liberal, or pro-Democratic, than did public opinion.

    Pew writes that the disparity “is partly a reflection of the fact that those who get news on Twitter – and particularly those who tweet news – are very different demographically from the public.”