Hostile media perception and partisan processing of media messages: self-categorization and involvement in political and religious debates over same-sex marriage and poverty

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dc.contributor Billings, Andrew C.
dc.contributor Lowrey, Wilson Hugh
dc.contributor Zhou, Shuhua
dc.contributor Bolland, Anneliese C.
dc.contributor.advisor Bissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributor.author McLemore, Dylan M.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:36:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:36:18Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002042
dc.identifier.other McLemore_alatus_0004D_12416
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2439
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Hostile media perception (HMP) is a well-documented perceptual media effect. Yet, an understanding of its causal mechanisms has been difficult to ascertain. This study examined two promising, inter-disciplinary theoretical explanations – self-categorization and involvement. An experiment tested the effect of various facets of self-categorization and involvement on personal and perceived media positions regarding two issues that are salient to both political and religious identities – same-sex marriage and poverty. Political and religious self-categorization predicted personal positions on the issues, as well as perceptions of relevant media messages. Both HMP and message assimilation were related to self-categorization. Political self-categorization emerged as the strongest predictor of personal beliefs and media perceptions. Value involvement increased position extremity and message assimilation. Findings suggest particular usefulness of self-categorization in predicting HMP, while raising further questions about how readily HMP occurs, particularly among weaker partisans, and which audience or message factors predict message assimilation or contrast. Theoretical and methodological implications for future research are discussed.
dc.format.extent 222 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Communication
dc.subject.other Mass communication
dc.subject.other Journalism
dc.title Hostile media perception and partisan processing of media messages: self-categorization and involvement in political and religious debates over same-sex marriage and poverty
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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