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The Internet as a Context: Exploring its Impacts on National Identity in 33 Countries

Fri, May 25, 11:00 to 12:15, Hilton Prague, Floor: M, Yoga Room (Cybex Health Club)


The rise of the Internet brings up a debate about its role in eroding or strengthening national identity. Taking the perspective of media ecology, this paper saw the Internet as a context and explored its impacts on social context in which national identity is formed. Using the data from the World Values Survey, this paper carried out multilevel analyses with 47,078 respondents in 33 countries. The results illustrate how online distribution of information, power, and freedom affect cognition, affection, and action of national identity. National identity is eroded by information distribution and freedom distribution but is restored by power distribution. Power distribution and freedom distribution work together to neutralize and regulate the moderating effects of information distribution.