Discussing controversial issues may be hard for some individuals because they fear they may become isolated. The Iraq War serves as one such controversy in which some individuals might avoid publicly expressing their opinion. Spiral of silence, a communication theory set forth by Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann can be used to explain why some individuals will publicly express their opinion of the Iraq War while others will not. A Web-based survey was distributed to Rochester Institute of Technology faculty, staff and students. This study investigated public opinion expression through interactive forms of media such as discussion forums, blogs and Web sites.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Iraq War, 2003- --Public opinion; Public opinion--Psychological aspects; Mass media and public opinion; Intimidation
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Communication (CLA)
Drake, Jessica, "Spiral of silence and the Iraq war" (2008). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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