Conspiracism on social media: An agenda melding of group-mediated deceptions

Philemon Bantimaroudis, Maria Sideri, Dimitris Ballas, Theodore Panagiotidis, Athanasios Ziogas

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Abstract

This study examines students' social media interactions in relation to their subcultural explorations of a conspiratorial nature. A sample of 476 students from four European universities participated in a survey about conspiracy theories in social media group discussions. In the survey, we examined various social and media factors in relation to students' beliefs in conspiracy theories. The results of this exploratory study reveal that students treat social media as news sources; furthermore, they trust social media more than traditional mass media. The study reveals demographic, personal and technological factors that encourage a mediated conspiratorial discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-138
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Media and Cultural Politics
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24-Jun-2020

Keywords

  • agenda melding
  • conspiracism
  • group-mediated deceptions
  • social media
  • vaccination
  • chemtrails
  • BELIEF
  • NEWS
  • INDIVIDUALS

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