Living in an age of online incivility: examining the conditional indirect effects of online discussion on political flaming
Communication scholars have examined the potential pitfalls and rewards associated with the ability to communicate in online spaces. We continue in that line of research by proposing a mediated moderated communication process model focused on what conditions lead people to engage in
aggressive online communication behaviors, otherwise known as flaming. Specifically, we argue that online political discussion socializes individuals to see flaming as an acceptable behavior. This increase in perceived acceptability in turn increases intention to flame. Results demonstrate
that this increase in intention to flame is greater among those with high levels of verbal aggression. To test our model, we conducted two surveys that asked students and blog users questions about their online media behaviors. Results replicate across both surveys.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Communication, University of Arizona, 1103 E. University Blvd., PO Box 210025, Tucson, AZ, 85179, USA
School of Journalism, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Advertising & Public Relations, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Publication date: November 26, 2014
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