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Is This the Time and Place for a Fact-Check?

Comparing Audience Appreciation to Fact-Checking Across Political Communities on Reddit Deven Parekh, Drew Margolin, and Derek Ruths As a countermeasure to disinformation, many fact-checking websites, such as Snopes.com, provide valuable resources to verify news...

Can Fake News Convey Some Kind of Truth??

The Theory of Informative Fictions: A Character-Based Approach to False News and other Misinformation Drew B. Margolin This article derives a theory of informative fictions (TIF). Common forms of misinformation—fake news, rumors, and conspiracy theories—while...

Encouraging Symbiosis in Computational Communication Science

Computational Contributions: A Symbiotic Approach to Integrating Big, Observational Data Studies into the Communication Field Drew B. Margolin Though there is growing enthusiasm for computational research methods in the field of communication, research using...

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...

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...

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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.