The report looked at the differences between online and in-person conversations about politics, and the potential for greater regulation of social media.
A recent Spectrum News report on how people engage in political discourse online includes insights from Kathleen Stansberry, assistant professor of strategic communications.
The report examined how the end of the election season and electoral outcomes could impact how people engage online, and how those online interactions differ from face-to-face conversations. The current state of social media, with a rise in hate speech and the increased use of misinformation, could lead to calls for greater regulation, Stansberry said.
“Behind most of these comments there’s a person. Sometimes we lose sight of that,” says Kathleen Stansberry, assistant professor of strategic communications at Elon University. “It’s not just shouting into the ether. We should be aware of how we communicate, the types of people we want to be and how we want to feel.”
Watch the entire report here.