Developing a Theoretical Framework for Processing the Negative Information in Social Media

Analysis of Twitter User Interaction with Negative Political Misinformation

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  • Jinwook Lee

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.51.3

Keywords:

Information Processing, Rationality, Emotion, Agenda-setting, Social Media

Abstract

The author explores the fundamental aspects of the rational decision-making process with the aim of understanding that negative information has the possibility to distort processing of political information. This article further develops a theoretical framework of the relationship between negative information on social media and its receiver. This article conducts an empirical analysis to partially prove this framework with the Twitter texts spread by the Internet Research Agency (IRA). This analysis indicates that: (1) tweets containing negative information had more interaction than tweets containing positive information; (2) tweets containing anger-inducing content had more interaction than tweets containing fearful content. These results suggest that negative emotion would have a more significant effect on this process, and different negative emotions can have a distinct effect on information processing.

Author Biography

Jinwook Lee

Jinwook Lee from South Korea holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Soka University in Japan. He also went to Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia for the Study Abroad Program. This article is a revised version of his capstone project for his graduation requirement. He plans to pursue his academic career in the Master of Arts and Ph.D. program in political science. Jinwook’s academic interests include international relations, political behavior, the influence of conspiracy theory in individuals’ political decision-making, and contemporary war crimes. Email: jason.jinwook.lee@gmail.com.

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Published

2021-12-25

How to Cite

Jinwook Lee. (2021). Developing a Theoretical Framework for Processing the Negative Information in Social Media: Analysis of Twitter User Interaction with Negative Political Misinformation. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 51, 33–54. https://doi.org/10.22151/politikon.51.3

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