New Semester – New Topics:
Courses for the Winter Semester 21/22
This semester, we will offer two courses (one practical project and one research project) for students of Applied Cognitive and Media Science (Komedia). Both courses are supervised by German Neubaum and Jana Dreston. The practical project will evaluate the App “Diskutier mit mir” (English: Discuss with me) which enables its users to discuss with people holding different beliefs about political topics. Students of the course will evaluate how this App can be beneficial for the political discourse. In the research project, students will conduct empirical research within the area of informal educational processes in social media.
Additional information can be found under Teaching
New Employees in our Research Group:
Luna Frauhammer and Jana Dreston Join our Team
We are happy to welcome Jana Dreston and Luna Frauhammer as new doctoral students at our research group. Besides her PhD project, Jana Dreston will mainly focus on teaching for students of Applied Cognitive and Media Science (Komedia). Luna Frauhammer will be joining the junior research group DICINT.
Conspiracy Theorists on their own?
New Publication on Conspiracy Theories on YouTube
Social Media Like YouTube are considered as ideal breeding ground for misinformation and conspiracy theories. The research group’s new publication „Caught in a networked collusion? Homogeneity in conspiracy-related discussion networks on YouTube“ examines the network structure of conspiracy theoretic content on YouTube. The authors analyze if conspiracy theorists on YouTube are caught in homogenous networks by applying natural language processing as well as network analytical approaches.
Forever and Always:
New Publication on the Persistence of Political Opinion Messages on Social Media
“The internet does not forget.” Many internet users are warned about the persistence of online messages. But does this persistence affect whether we express our opinions online? German Neubaum addresses this question in his recently published study „It’s Going to be Out There For a Long Time: The Influence of Message Persistence on Users’ Political Opinion Expression in Social Media“. Based on the spiral of silence theory, it was assumed that higher persistence of messages will negatively affect the willingness to express one’s opinion.
Prof. Dr. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch Stays at the UDE as Fulbright Visiting Scholar
We are happy to welcome Professor Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch to our team, who will stay at the University of Duisburg-Essen for four months. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch is an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the use of social media for communication and informational purposes. During her stay at the University of Duisburg-Essen, she will be studying Algorithmic Literacy. Her stay is supported through a grant awarded by the German-American Fulbright-Commission which every year sponsors excellent researchers from Germany or the US to pursue a research or teaching stay. More information on Professor Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch can be found here.
Misinformation Bubbles regarding COVID-19?
New Publication in the Journal “Online Social Networks and Media”
Do social media like YouTube facilitate the distribution of false information and the formation of informational homogeneity? Our new publication „The Networked Context of COVID-19 Misinformation: Informational Homogeneity on YouTube at the Beginning of the Pandemic“ (authors: Daniel Röchert, Guatam Kishore Shahi, German Neubaum, Björn Ross, Stefan Stieglitz) addresses these questions in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, a large amount of data was gathered on YouTube at the beginning of the pandemic and analyzed by combining machine learning and network analytical approaches.