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2012-05-22 21:31:22

A study from North Carolina State University shows how people used Twitter following the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan, highlighting challenges for using the social media tool to share information. The study also indicates that social media haven´t changed what we communicate so much as how quickly we can disseminate it. “I wanted to see if Twitter was an effective tool for sharing meaningful information about nuclear risk in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi...

2011-05-13 15:00:00

Politicians should be careful when they rail against mainstream news media. A study from North Carolina State University shows that perceived bias of media outlets can lead to increased political engagement "“ but only on specific issues. When there is a general perception of bias in the news media it actually results in increased apathy among citizens. "With this study, we wanted to see whether people's perception of media bias affected their political participation, beyond voting,"...

2011-01-13 16:15:14

A new study from North Carolina State University highlights a major flaw in attempting to use a single survey question to assess public opinion on science issues. Researchers found that people who say that risks posed by new science fields outweigh benefits often actually perceive more benefits than risks when asked more detailed questions. "We set out to determine whether we can accurately assess public opinion on complex science issues with one question, or if we need to break the issue...