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Papers/Notes: Expressing and Understanding Opinions in Social Media

Wednesday, April 14
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

'America Is Like Metamucil': Fostering Critical and Creative Thinking about Metaphor in Political Blogs
Eric P. S. Baumer, University of California, Irvine, USA
Jordan Sinclair, University of California, Irvine, USA
Bill Tomlinson, University of California, Irvine, USA

User study of a tool for blog readers that identifies conceptual metaphors in political blogs. Shows how aspects of computational analysis can effectively support critical and creative thinking about metaphors.

Understanding Dispute Resolution Online: Using Text to Reflect Personal and Substantive Issues in Conflict
Matt Billings, University of Bath, UK
Leon Watts, University of Bath, UK

Through interviews with online conciliators and qualitative analysis of Wikipedia mediations, we show how conciliators can resolve conflicts positively in a text-based online community by ?mutating' the persistent text.

Presenting Diverse Political Opinions: How and How Much
Sean Munson, University of Michigan, United States
Paul Resnick, University of Michigan, United States

Previous selective exposure research offers competing theories about people's preference for bias in news aggregators. We find individual differences: some people are diversity-seeking while others are challenge-averse.

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