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A Review of the Factors Influencing Political Polarization in the Perspective of Communication

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DOI: 10.25236/iwass.2021.081


Ding Zhang

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Ding Zhang


Extreme differences of political parties' opinions will damage social order and threaten political stability. In order to understand the issue of political polarization thoroughly, this paper reviews the relevant research of mass media and political polarization from the perspective of communication, summarizes three factors and influencing mechanisms of mass media promoting political polarization, and complements the positive role of mass media. Finally, this paper puts forward constructive suggestions for both the mass media and the public themselves, in order to alleviate the political polarization.


Political polarization, Mass communication, Influencing factors, Media bias