(Social) Media: Binding or Blinding? On the Impact of Digitalization in the Netherlands and Beyond

Translated title of the contribution: (Sociale) media: bindend of verblindend?: Over de impact van digitalisering in Nederland en daarbuiten

Sanne Kruikemeier*, Rens Vliegenthart*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article focuses on the polarization of societal issues such as climate change. We argue for a detailed conceptualization of polarization and aim to understand the influence of traditional and social media on polarization processes. Four different types of polarization are distinguished: ideological, affective, factual belief and perceived polarization. Contrary to prevailing negative narratives about the impact of digitalization on polarization processes, we argue that a nuanced account expresses a need for empirical research. The paper seeks to shed light on how media, both traditional and social, contribute to or alleviate polarization, ultimately aiming to provide insights into navigating the complex and context-specific interactions between politics, media, and the public in contemporary society.
Translated title of the contribution(Sociale) media: bindend of verblindend?: Over de impact van digitalisering in Nederland en daarbuiten
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)128-149
JournalTijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2024

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