Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Not on My News Feed: Predicting the Support of Gay Content Censorship on Social Media
by Berry, Stephen D., M.S., Arkansas State University, 2019, 78; 13879532
Abstract (Summary)

Media has served as a platform for individuals and groups to express themselves and represent their identities. Such practices have consistently been regulated throughout time; governments and intermediaries have engaged in acts of censorship to prohibit content deemed controversial. Whether for legal and moral purposes (e.g., governmental censorship) or for economic and publicity purposes by a private entity (e.g., censorship by proxy), media has continually been vetted and judged. This has resulted in the intentional and unintentional censorship of gay content. In contrast to previous exploratory research that investigated psychological variables that contribute to the support of gay content censorship on television and on YouTube, the present research investigated psychological variables that may contribute to the support of gay content censorship on social media. Right-wing authoritarianism, homonegativity, and the moral foundation of purity/sanctity were consistent predictors of gay content censorship support on social media.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilkinson, Wayne W.
Commitee: Curtis, Jessica M., Biondolillo, Kris D.
School: Arkansas State University
Department: Psychology and Counseling
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: MAI 81/2(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Psychology, LGBTQ studies, Mass communications
Keywords: Authoritrianism, Censorship, Homonegativity, LGBTQ+, Moral foundations, Social media
Publication Number: 13879532
ISBN: 9781085655422
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