Expert to discuss social media impact on politics, news Nov. 15 at UW-Madison

R. Kelly Garrett, social media news
R. Kelly Garrett

MADISON – R. Kelly Garrett, associate professor of communication at Ohio State University, will discuss the impact of social and online news media on Americans’ ability to understand politics and discern fact from fiction on Friday, Nov. 15, at Vilas Hall on the UW-Madison campus.

Garrett’s talk, titled “Susceptibility to Misperceptions in a Dynamic Media Environment,” is scheduled for 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the James L. Hoyt Multimedia Classroom, Vilas 2195, 821 University Ave. He will present a variety of results from an ongoing research project that started earlier this year.

With his research team, Garrett conducted a six-month, 12-wave panel study with a representative sample of about 1,000 Americans in an effort to answer several questions about the effects of social media on news and politics. In his talk, Garrett will provide a detailed overview of their methods and tentative answers to those questions.

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