I hope everyone is doing well!
Through this past week, I have made some exciting developments that I must share with you all. I have finally narrowed down my point of research to a focal point: the perception of political polarization of news by consumers via the selection of syntax and diction by the news media.
Now that I have established this big idea as the focus of my research, I’ll be able to proceed with the experiments I plan on conducting quickly. I’ll go into more detail next week, but here’s a general idea of what I seek to analyze:
- The specific emotions and takeaways triggered by precise diction and syntax used by a news media outlet on a reader (e.g., “removed from high-ranking position” versus “amicably parted ways”)
- The effect on a reader’s trust of a news outlet based on the outlet’s usage of particular diction and syntax (e.g., “climate crisis” versus “fabricated environmental hoax”)
In addendum to point two, I believe it would also be enlightening if I could see where the reader thinks the article he/she read is from. For example, if the news article is in direct opposition to fracking, perhaps the reader will believe that there is a higher possibility that the report came from a left-leaning outlet.
It is some food for thought that I have yet to digest. The next challenge comes with recruiting enough volunteers for a large enough sample pool!