Markus Prior's Work on Media and Political Polarization Discussed by Academic and General Media
Markus Prior's recent work on the media and political polarization is being widely discussed in the academic and general press. The Economist described this work in a piece titled Why Fox News is less to blame for polarised politics than you think:
At some point in such discussions, it is traditional to note that the sorting of America into ever-more flinty conservatives and ever-more liberal progressives has coincided with the rise of cable television and the internet. The problem, it is asserted, is that too many Americans consume their news from inside an echo chamber that reflects their existing prejudices.... But is much of the alarm overblown? A number of political scientists think so, after digging into the numbers. Markus Prior at Princeton has been chewing away at the problem longer than most. His latest academic paper (hat-tip the Monkey Cage political science blog) is well worth a look. Mr Prior starts with the important point that we know surprisingly little about the real audience for cable news.
Other media outlets have brought public attention to Prior's research, including Andrew Sullivan's The Dish, Politico, and Rush Limbaugh. Markus Prior is Co-Director of CSDP and Associate Professor of Politics and Public Affairs.