NMSU researcher explores ‘dark side’ of social media and politics

LAS CRUCES – Do People set far more stock in what we experience we know relatively than actual info? A New Mexico State College communication research professor’s not too long ago published examine exhibits the influence of social media on public engagement turns the classic perception about voter participation on its head.

The study points to amplified political participation by uninformed voters, considered the “dark side” of political participation. It finds uninformed voters can actively engage in politics wondering that they know enough about politics and latest affairs.

Sangwon Lee, assistant professor in NMSU’s interaction research office, is the lead creator of a paper revealed in the September problem of the journal Human Conversation Study titled “Rethinking the Virtuous Circle Hypothesis on Social Media: Subjective as opposed to Goal Information and Political Participation.”