Category: Media Ecosystem Observatory

Post-doc position available

Looking for a post-doctoral researcher to join a productive team of social and computer scientists pioneering the understanding and improvement of the health of public information ecosystems. The Media Ecosystem Observatory is recruiting one post-doc who is able to independently drive a research agenda focused on misinformation, media, communications, and politics. MEO has curated and continues to collect large-scale datasets...

All in this together: deservingness of government aid during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on governments to engage in widespread cash transfers directly to citizens to help mitigate economic losses. These programs are major redistribution efforts aimed at a variety of sub-groups within society (the unemployed, those with children, those with pre-existing health conditions, etc.) and there has been remarkably little resistance to these government outlays. We...

Anti-intellectualism and Information Preferences during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic necessitates widespread voluntary and sustained public compliance with expert-guided public health directives, like social or physical distancing. Understanding which citizens seek out and engage with expert messages regarding COVID-19 is thus of central importance. Anti-intellectualism – the generalized distrust of experts and intellectuals – is likely to be a dominant factor. This note presents the results of...