Friends Don’t Let Friends Spread Misinformation

      https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/obama-student-id/ Political Fact-Checking on Twitter: When Do Corrections Have an Effect? Drew Margolin, Aniko Hannak, & Ingmar Weber Research suggests that fact checking corrections have only a limited impact on the spread...

What Can NFL Crowds Teach Us About the Expression of Emotions and Group Solidarity?

The emotional antecedents of solidarity in social media crowds Drew Margolin & Wang Liao This study examines the organizational dynamics of social media crowds, in particular, the influence of a crowd’s emotional expression on its solidarity. To identify the...

Expressions of Distress After Terrorist Attacks

Tracking and Analyzing Individual Distress Following Terrorist Attacks Using Social Media Streams Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & Xidao Wen Risk research has theorized a number of mechanisms that might trigger, prolong, or potentially alleviate individuals’ distress...

Do People Write Reviews Differently for Local Restaurants?

A Multitheoretical Approach to Big Text Data: Comparing Expressive and Rhetorical Logics in Yelp Reviews Drew Margolin & Dave Markowitz This article uses a multitheoretical approach to investigate the relationship between language use and opinion expression on...

Why So Similar?

Uncovering social semantics from textual traces: A theory-driven approach and evidence from public statements of U.S. Members of Congress Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David Lazer The increasing abundance of digital textual archives provides an opportunity for...

Uncovering social semantics from textual traces: A theory-driven approach and evidence from public statements of U.S. Members of Congress

Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David Lazer The increasing abundance of digital textual archives provides an opportunity for understanding human social systems. Yet the literature has not adequately considered the disparate social processes by which texts are produced....

Terrorism and the spread of fear

Can social media reveal the emotional reverberations of terrorist attacks? The ripple of fear, sympathy and solidarity during the Boston bombings Yu-Ru Lin and Drew Margolin Abstract: The Boston Marathon bombing presents a rare opportunity to study how a disruptive...

Does Twitter Democratize Discourse?

Rising Tides or Rising Stars?: Dynamics of Shared Attention on Twitter during Media Events Yu-Ru Lin, Brian Keegan, Drew Margolin & David Lazer Abstract: “Media events” generate conditions of shared attention as many users simultaneously tune in with the dual...

Detecting Cooperation from Phrase Sharing

Jon Stewart often mocks the contorted phrases and talking points repeated by politicians.  Can we detect this strategic coordination of language?   Tracing Coordination and Cooperation Structures via Semantic Burst Detection Yu-Ru Lin, Drew Margolin & David Lazer...

Social Snoping

  No one likes being corrected, even (or perhaps especially) when they are wrong.  When and how do people respond to being corrected by others?   Get back! You don’t know me like that: The social mediation of fact checking interventions in Twitter conversations. ...

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The internet, and social media in particular, have made individual and institutional discourse visible like never before. Yet the production of discourse — what leads individuals or institutions to speak up, whom do they address, what do they say — is not yet well understood. Our research focuses on understanding these dynamics through the quantitative aggregation of collective communication behavior.

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