9. Dezember 2018

Die Viralität der Gelbwesten-Wut

Buzzfeed hatte vergangene Woche einen guten Artikel über französische „Anger-Groups“ auf Facebook, die als Vorläufer der Gelbwesten-Proteste gelten.The Yellow Jackets movement — named for the protesters’ brightly colored safety vests — is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular. Recent polls indicate the majority of France now supports the protesters. The Yellow Jackets communicate almost entirely on small, decentralized Facebook… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Data Visualization Zine

Schickes Zine über Datenvisualisierung von Tiziana Alocci und Piero Zagami. Sehr schicker Zweifarbdruck mit sehr schöner Farbauswahl und das Teil dürfte bislang so ziemlich das einzige… Gib mir den Rest, Baby!

Hunger Games did it

Neues Paper über SciFi-Dystopien (vor allem in Young Adult-Novels), die anscheinend Vertrauen in Institutionen senken und die Bereitschaft für politische Gewalt erhöhen. Hunger Games sind also schuld an Trump und Gelbwesten und am allgemeinen Zustand der Welt. Die These ist möglicherweise gar nicht so dumm, immerhin bildet Text den Nährboden für die Kultur, in dem Politik entsteht.

Paper: It’s the End of the World and They Know It: How Dystopian Fiction Shapes Political Attitudes

Given that the fictional narratives found in novels, movies, and television shows enjoy wide public consumption, memorably convey information, minimize counter-arguing, and often emphasize politically-relevant themes, we argue that greater scholarly attention must be paid to theorizing and measuring how fiction affects political attitudes. We argue for a genre-based approach for studying fiction effects, and apply it to the popular dystopian genre. Results across three experiments are striking: we find consistent evidence that dystopian narratives enhance the willingness to justify radical—especially violent—forms of political action. Yet we find no evidence for the conventional wisdom that they reduce political trust and efficacy, illustrating that fiction’s effects may not be what they seem and underscoring the need for political scientists to take fiction seriously.