Digital Technologies and Selective Exposure: How Choice and Filter Bubbles Shape News Media Exposure

Ana S. Cardenal, Carlos Aguilar-Paredes, Carol Galais, Mario Pérez-Montoro

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Abstract

© The Author(s) 2019. This paper analyzes the role of different origins to news media in selective exposure. We rely on a unique web-tracking online dataset from Spain to identify points of access to news outlets and study the influence of direct navigation and news-referred platforms (i.e., from Facebook and Google) on selective exposure. We also explore cross-level interactions between origins to news and political interest and ideology. We find that direct navigation increases selective exposure while Google reduces it. We also find that the relationship between origins to news and selective exposure is strongly moderated by ideology, suggesting that search engines and social media are not content neutral. Our findings suggest a rather complex picture regarding selective exposure online.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-486
JournalInternational Journal of Press/Politics
Volume24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • digital technologies
  • filter bubbles
  • media exposure
  • online selective exposure
  • platforms

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