Incivility in political discussions

Incivility, i.e. breaking social norms in political discussions, is a key component of many online discussions about politics but also campaigns, talk shows and televised debates. In incivility research ist is almost a truism that incivility changes over time and space.

Testing this assumptions about the social embeddedness of incivility, I am applying comparative experimental designs, I am seeking to understand how citizens perceive (mediated) incivility and which effects these rude forms of conflict and debate has on political cynicism and trust, political participation, but also emotional reactions.