Title

How Cosmopolites React to Messages: America Under Attack

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2005

Publication Title

Communication Research Reports

Keywords

cosmopoliteness; critical events; diffusion; insurgency; resistance to government; subversive activities; technology; terrorism -- United States; violation of sovereignty

Disciplines

Communication

Abstract

The diffusion of information about critical events has been studied using events of differing importance in Americans’ lives: This study explores the diffusion of information about a tragedy that touched Americans and others around the world. Specifically, we explore how the time a person learned of the September 11 attacks influences their selection of communication channel(s) in passing on the information to others. This study also explores the impact of the notion of “cosmopoliteness” on channel selection and its impact on the diffusion process. The results of this study inform the diffusion literature by providing evidence that cosmopoliteness does affect the diffusion process. Implications are discussed.

DOI

10.1080/0882409052000343516

Version

Postprint

Volume

22

Issue

1

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