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In the News: Emily Thorson

Thorson paper on fight against fake news published in Science

David Lazer, Matthew Baum, Yochai Benkler, Adam Berinsky, Kelly Greenhill, Filippo Menczer, Miriam Metzger, Brendan Nyhan, Gordon Pennycook, David Rothschild, Michael Schudson, Steven Sloman, Cass Sunstein, Emily Thorson, Duncan Watts & Jonathan Zittrain
Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, and co-authors call for a coordinated investigation into the underlying social, psychological and technological forces behind fake news to counteract the phenomenon's negative influence on society.
March 9, 2018

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Thorson talks about fake news on Wisconsin Public Radio's Central Time

Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR) for the Central Time segment "How To Spot And Fight Fake News." Thorson advises people to be wary of spreading fake news just to correct it. "It's hard to . . . unring that bell of misinformation," she says.

December 1, 2017

Thorson discusses spread of false news following Texas shooting in NY Times

"When you see a piece of misinformation, even when it’s in the context of being corrected and you believe the correction, it can still have lingering effects on your attitudes," says Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science.

November 7, 2017

Thorson discusses forthcoming book on misinformation in Vox article

"People have always been susceptible to misinformation," Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, says. "The real challenge now lies in the immediacy, scope and ease of dissemination we now see with new technologies like social media."

November 6, 2017

Thorson discusses the conservative politics of sports in Washington Post

Emily Thorson, assistant professor of political science, and her co-author found through survey research that sports fans tend to harbor more right-leaning attitudes on economic and foreign policy issues, even as Republicans are no more likely than Democrats to follow most sports.

October 20, 2017

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