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Information Feedback and Mass Media Effects in Cultural Dynamics

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    We study the effects of different forms of information feedback associated with mass media on an agent-agent based model of the dynamics of cultural dissemination. In addition to some processes previously considered, we also examine a model of local mass media influence in cultural dynamics. Two mechanisms of information feedback are investigated: (i) direct mass media influence, where local or global mass media act as an additional element in the network of interactions of each agent, and (ii) indirect mass media influence, where global media acts as a filter of the influence of the existing network of interactions of each agent. Our results generalize substantiate previous findings showing that cultural diversity builds-up by increasing the strength of the mass media influence. We find that this occurs independently of the mechanisms of action (direct or indirect) of the mass media message. However, through an analysis of the full range of parameters measuring cultural diversity, we establish that the enhancement of cultural diversity produced by interaction with mass media only occurs for strong enough mass media messages. In comparison with previous studies a main different result is that weak mass media messages, in combination with agent-agent interaction, are efficient in producing cultural homogeneity. Moreover, the homogenizing effect of weak mass media messages are more efficient for direct local mass media messages than for global mass media messages or indirect global mass media influences.

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    Article provided by Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation in its journal Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 9

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    Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2007-6-2

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    Keywords: Agent Based Model; Culture; Dissemination; Mass Media;

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    1. Pfau, Jens & Kirley, Michael & Kashima, Yoshihisa, 2013. "The co-evolution of cultures, social network communities, and agent locations in an extension of Axelrod’s model of cultural dissemination," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 392(2), pages 381-391.

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