News media coverage for PLOS ONE study

My work with Brian Weeks has generated a bit of news coverage this past week. The work has been covered by U.S. News & World Report, among others.  It also lead to a couple TV spots. There was a short segment on the local ABC affiliate, and I was a panelist on Face the State, a Sunday talk show produced by the Columbus CBS station.

I’ve also written a short essay discussing the work for The Conversation, which has since been picked up by Salon.  You can hear a brief interview with me about the work over at BYU radio.

Neo defends dissertation

Congratulations to Rachel Neo on defending her dissertation yesterday. Rachel’s work provocatively argues that individuals do not always accept online ratings at face value. When evaluating contentious content, in this case fact checking messages, the influence of ratings is contingent on users’ perceptions of the community of raters, users’ confidence in his or her judgment heuristics, the type of rating used (stars or “likes”), and more. It’s an exciting avenue of research, I look forward to seeing where she takes it next.