My honours thesis – an investigation of efforts to cross online polarisation.
This paper investigates the efficacy of different approaches to bridging online polarisation. It analyses four case studies (Read Across The Aisle; Fiskkit; The Guardian; and Buzzfeed News), applying expert elicitation to obtain insight into the goals and challenges these endeavours face. It synthesises the findings with prior research to advance an initial optimised approach in overcoming online polarisation. This paper found that definitive conclusions in the field are currently vexing: The recency of research is characterised by a paucity of data as a result of the field’s developmental currency. It concludes that online polarisation is likely to exist, informed by user choice, and that strategies which prioritise behavioural change are likely to be the most effective means of nullifying its outworkings.
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