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Democrats More Afraid of Global Warming Than ISIS

Democrats are more afraid of global warming than the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorists, according to a new Pew Research Center poll. The poll shows that 68 percent of Democrats believe that global climate change is a major threat to the United States, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans. Show More Summary

FACEBOOK: Social Media Doesn't Actually Stifle People's Opinions (FB)

This week, a new report from the Pew Research Center claimed that people who use social media are less likely to express their personal opinions on hot topics, even offline. It explains that people are less likely to post anything controversial if they're not sure their audience agrees. Show More Summary

Facebook Users Self-Censor on Controversial Topics

If you didn’t see a lot of talk about Ferguson and Michael Brown on your Facebook feed, maybe that’s because your Facebook friends were afraid you’d disagree. The Pew Research Center on Tuesday said a study of nearly 2,000 adults on an earlier hot-button political issue – the massive leak by Edward Snowden of documents... Read More

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study,...

When it comes to Facebook, we all just want to be popular, study finds

A new Pew Research Center report finds that social media users are more likely to share opinions their readers are likely to agree with. Photo by Flickr user Jason Howie Ice bucket challenge. VMAs. Emmys. Wash, rinse, refresh page. If you think your Facebook NewsFeed or Twitter timeline is becoming an echo chamber of the same material, you’re right. Show More Summary

Study: Social Media Users Less Likely To Give Opinions

Apparently, our Liberaland community was not surveyed. In a report released Tuesday, the Pew Research Center found that most people who regularly use social media sites were actually less likely to share their opinions, even offline. The findings run counter to how many people view social media. But a survey that asked some 1,800 adults [...]

Pew: There’s a ‘Spiral of Silence’ on Social Media

We often think of the Internet as a breeding grounds for idea exchange — a place that lends itself perfectly to sharing viewpoints on topics both trivial and complex. But according to Pew Research Center, there’s something deeper happening...Show More Summary

News on social media suffers a 'spiral of silence': Pew study

If social media users think their followers don’t share their opinion on the news, they are less likely to post those views on Facebook and Twitter, according to a new Pew Research Center report, released today. It showed Facebook and Twitter users posted less about Edward Snowden and his revelations of government surveillance if they felt their networks would disagree...

Is Social Media Causing Us to Self-Censor on Hot-Button Issues?

Hesitant to post that political link to Facebook? Worried about expressing your opinion on Twitter? It might be changing how you talk offline. A survey by the Pew Research Center in conjunction with Rutgers University has found that social media doesn't encourage discussion on controversial subjects. Show More Summary

Pew: Social Media Users with Unpopular Opinions are Less Likely to Speak Out

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, social media users with unpopular political opinions are less likely to speak out on social platforms and in real life. This is in contrast to the commonly-held belief that social...Show More Summary

Mark Jurkowitz leaves Pew Research Center and buys a weekly newspaper

Mark Jurkowitz spent years documenting the decline of newspapers while at the Pew Research Center. He recently left his Pew associate director position and … bought a newspaper. “The weekly newspaper idea has long been a dream of mine,” the new owner of the Outer Banks Sentinel in Nags Head, NC, tells Romenesko readers. “I … Read More

U.S. Writer Freed From Syria, 11 Percent Identify Libertarian, Cell Phone Spying Goes Global: A.M. Links

3 days agoNews : Reason

After two years in an Al Qaeda-affiliated prison in Syria, U.S. journalist Peter Theo Curtis was freed Sunday.  About 11 percent of Americans describe themselves as libertarian, according to the Pew Research Center.  Security experts...Show More Summary

Twitter beat cable to #Ferguson, but cable quickly followed, led by MSNBC

An interesting chart from Pew Research Center comparing the rise of Ferguson discussion on Twitter versus on cable news in the week following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Mike Brown: Overall, notes Pew, the growth curve was fairly similar on both Twitter and cable news. Show More Summary

The Two Very Different Worlds of Ferguson

FERGUSON, Missouri—We know the general public has widely divergent views of the Michael Brown shooting. In a recent Pew Research Center survey, 80 percent of blacks say that the shooting raises racial issues, compared to only 37 percent of whites. Show More Summary

How Ferguson Story Played Out on Twitter and Cable News

A new Pew Research Center study of the coverage immediately following the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson shows Twitter initially spotlighted the story with cable news soon following. Pew found Twitter conversation started the day of Brown’s shooting on Saturday, August 9, with over 146,000 tweets posted. Show More Summary

Half the world's population lives in these 6 countries

The Earth's population now sits at around 7.2 billion. Half of those people, 3.6 billion, live in just a half-dozen countries, according to the United Nations. Check out the map below: (Pew Research Center) China remains the world's most populous nation at 1.4 billion people, followed by India with 1.3 billion, according to UN figures. Show More Summary

How people on Twitter reacted to Trayvon Martin and Ferguson in one chart

The Pew Research Center has a fascinating write-up about how the media have picked up on the Michael Brown shooting and the situation in Ferguson. One of the most interesting graphics in its report compares how people on Twitter responded to Ferguson versus how they reacted to the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012. As you can […]

How people on Twitter reacted to Trayvon Martin and Ferguson in one chart

The Pew Research Center has a fascinating write-up about how the media have picked up on the Michael Brown shooting and the situation in Ferguson. One of the most interesting graphics in its report compares how people on Twitter responded to Ferguson versus how they reacted to the Trayvon Martin shooting in 2012. As you can […]

Are Americans Becoming Less Isolationist?

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds that 54% of Americans support airstrikes in Iraq, while only 31% disapprove. That's a huge turnaround from last year, when a Pew survey reported that a record 52% felt the U.S. should keep out of world affairs. What's going on here? Read more...

There Is No ‘Racial Divide’ On Ferguson Story, Only Stupid White People Vs. Everyone Else

The indispensable Pew Research Center is out with a new poll that shows what they call a “racial divide” on perceptions of, and interest in, the story of Mike Brown’s killing by Ferguson, MO police, and the subsequent turmoil. A closer look, however, shows that the only divide is between conservative white people and everyone [...]

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