Conference Schedule

A Study of Identity Politics as a Factor in Increasing the Level of Confirmation Bias

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 • 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium
Roozbeh Hatami University of Windsor Show biographies
I earned my undergraduate degree in Insurance Management and a Master's Degree in Middle East Studies from Tehran Azad University. After immigration to Canada, I earned my second Master's degree in Political Science from University of Windsor. I am currently a doctoral student in Educational Studies in the field of Social, Cultural, Political contexts of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Windsor.

Studying confirmation bias has become increasingly important since social media not only enables users to access the content, but also allows them to generate and re-post content produced by others. The more public access social media is, the greater the likelihood of increasing confirmation bias. These days, the need for confirmation is also strengthened by another phenomenon. Identity politics reinforce the need for recognition and confirmation of the social dignity of individuals. Scholars like Mark Lilla and Francis Fukuyama argued that social movements’ search for social dignity strengthens the sense of vulnerability among different groups of people and mobilizes them around a certain identity. In a post-truth era, promoting identity politics which emphasizes personal subjectivity and emotional feelings, especially vulnerability, can potentially exacerbate confirmation bias. The purpose of this study is to conduct a literature review to find the various ways in which identity politics can exacerbate confirmation bias. This study will be a major part of the literature review of a doctoral dissertation that will focus on how should critical media literacy intervenes to reduce the level confirmation bias among the undergraduate students of Education in one of the universities in Southern Ontario.