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A novel theory on how conspiracy theories take shape

In a new book, Dolores Albarracín, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, and colleagues show that two factors—the conservative media and societal fear and anxiety—have driven recent widespread conspiracies, from Pizzagate to those around COVID-19 vaccines.

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Want to Reduce Political Polarization? Start by Looking Beyond Politics

Is bonding over non-political similarities the key to depolarizing political discussions? New research sheds light on how even hardliners can be swayed when coming in contact with opposing viewpoints.

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Annenberg Welcomes Jennifer Rothman as New Secondary Faculty

Rothman, a Professor at Penn Carey Law School, specializes in intellectual property law.

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Call for Applications: Post-doctoral Fellowships in Digital Narratives of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Center on Digital Culture and Society seeks two post-doctoral scholars whose research contributes to our understanding of digital storytelling about the pandemic. Submit by March 1, 2022.

In Memoriam

Remembering Elihu Katz

Elihu Katz, ICA Fellow, Distinguished Trustee Emeritus Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, Professor Emeritus in Communication...

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Do Success Stories Cause False Beliefs About Success?

Does explicitly acknowledging bias make us less likely to make biased decisions? A new study examining how people justify decisions based on biased data finds that this is not necessarily the case.

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Racial Justice Protests Influenced Local News Reporting, Study Finds

A new Media, Inequality, and Change Center report finds that news coverage of policing did become more inclusive and less dehumanizing, but was still heavily slanted toward a police perspective.

In Memoriam

Professor Emeritus Elihu Katz — Founding Figure in Communication — Passes Away at 95

A sociologist and media scholar, Katz made substantial contributions in the areas of media effects, diffusion, and media events, and was a cherished friend and mentor to many.

Research

The Role of Trust and Knowledge in Overcoming Vaccination Hesitancy

A new study finds willingness to be vaccinated against Covid-19 is anchored in factors such as trust in health authorities, knowledge about vaccination in general, flu vaccination history, and patterns of media reliance.

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What Can Be Done to Prevent and Resist Image-based Abuse?

A virtual symposium held by Annenberg’s Center for Media at Risk and the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative brought together experts from around the world to share findings, ideas, and solidarity.