The mutual reinforcement of media selectivity and effects: Testing the reinforcing spirals framework in the context of global warming

Lauren Feldman, Teresa A. Myers, Jay D. Hmielowski, Anthony Leiserowitz

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Abstract

This study tests a model of reinforcing spirals in the context of global warming, using a 2-wave, within-subjects panel survey with a representative sample of Americans. Results show that, within waves, conservative media use is negatively related to global warming belief certainty and support for mitigation policies, while nonconservative media use is positively associated with belief certainty and policy support. In addition, the results show that consuming conservative or nonconservative media at Wave 1 makes people more likely to consume those same media at Wave 2, partly as an indirect result of the media's effects on global warming belief certainty and policy preferences. Wave 2 media use, in turn, further strengthens audiences' global warming belief certainty and policy preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)590-611
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Communication
Volume64
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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