The public sphere around media outlets offers many examples of dysfunctional behaviours that undermine the quality of public discourse. This is particularly the case with online public comments sections on news sites that attract thousands of people every day.
Can re-designing comments platforms promote more reason-based, intellectually humble dialogue? This is the question the Scholio project aims to explore, through a large-scale field experiment.
The field experiment will recruit ordinary citizens who read online news and randomly assign them to experience different perspective-taking instructions and platforms that organise and visualise comments in different ways. The project will also field-test a set of measures for investigating intellectual humility in online environments.
The aim of the Scholio project is to develop a scalable model for how news media institutions, and others, can incorporate comment platforms that promote reason-based, intellectually humble dialogue.
The project runs for two years from 1 March 2017.
Humility and Conviction in Public Life programme at the University of Connecticut / John Templeton Foundation
Literature reviews on Behaviours on News Comments Platforms and Metrics for the Analysis of Intellectual Humility to be posted soon.
Conference papers and pre-publication versions of journal papers will also be posted.