Törnberg2022 - Inside a White Power echo chamber, Why fringe digital spaces are polarizing politics
- Date read: 2022-09-26
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- Bibtex: @tornberg2022
- Bibliography: Törnberg, P., & Törnberg, A. (2022). Inside a White Power echo chamber: Why fringe digital spaces are polarizing politics. New Media & Society, 14614448221122916. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221122915
Echo chambers drive community formation through the use of a shared language and particularly many custom in-group words
- Discourse-analysis: “this article draws on Randall Collins and the Durkheimian tradition to develop a theory of discursive community formation.”
- 20 years of posts on Stormfront, analyzed using natural language processing.
- ~10 million posts
- ~350k users
- Filtered by those who had sent >50 posts
- It took roughly 10 posts for new users to converge on the community language
- Those who left the forum before 50 posts tended to be (language-wise) further away from the community at the start. So pushing out those who do not conform to the community.
- Echo chambers drive community formation through the use of a shared language and particularly many custom in-group words