Right now I am working on several things, all related to the health of the democratic public sphere. One line of work involves social influence in collective behavior. It's been clear for a long time that digital media facilitate citizen-driven mass behavior in which formal organizations play different roles than they did in the mass media era and before it. In addition to continuing to write about these structural changes in the way mass behavior works, I'm trying to understand better how this affects who gets involved in public life and who does not. This involves understanding who is most likely to be affected by peers and social influence.
Another line of research involves political homophily, which is the tendency to prefer to be associated with people who have similar political values and views. Related to this is selective exposure: the tendency to prefer news that reinforces one's attitudes and opinions. I'm also interested in falsehoods and misinformation in the public sphere.
Here are some recent articles about these topics.
Koc-Michalska, K., Bimber, B., Jenkins, M., Gomez, D., & Boulianne, S. (2020). Public beliefs about falsehoods in news. International Journal of Press/Politics, 25(3), 447- 468. DOI: 10.1177/1940161220912693
Boulianne, S., Koc-Michalska, K., & Bimber, B. (2020). Right-wing populism, social media and echo chambers in western democracies. New Media & Society, 22(4), 683-699. DOI: 10.1177/1461444819893983
Bimber, B. & Gil de Zúñiga, H. (2020). The unedited public sphere. New Media & Society, 22(4), 700-715. DOI: 0.1177/1461444819893980
Boulianne, S., Koc-Michalska, K., & Bimber, B. (2020). Mobilizing media: Comparing TV and social media effects on protest mobilization. Information, Communication, & Society, 23(5), 642-664. DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1713847
Stroud, N.J., Feldman, L., Wojcieszak, M., & Bimber, B. (2019). The consequences of forced versus selected political media exposure. Human Communication Research, 45(1), 27-5. DOI: 10.1093/hcr/hqy012