Talk: Simulating Ideological Disintegration

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of presenting at this year's 3rd Weizenbaum Conference (which was originally scheduled for last summer).

My presentation covered some work on simulating societal breakup, a topic that I've worked on for quite some time. The main goal is to use simulations in order to bridge the very large gap between strong anecdotal evidence of disintegration (i.e. people storming political buildings), weak societal indicators (i.e. limited polarization of news exposure, even in the U.S.), and simplistic theoretical models (such as "filter bubbles").

This simulation is one of a series of approaches that I've come up with — and I think it's the easiest, most communicable one. Network models are more powerful and precise, but really hard to visualize and explain due to the high degrees of freedom.

Even though I could only scratch the surface in the talk's short 15 minutes, even the simplest simulation rounds yield some quite surprising and important insights about the formal baselines for news exposure.

Stay tuned for more on this topic!

Slide from the talk

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