Dr. Andrew Selepak has been interviewed by national and international media outlets on a variety of topics ranging from pop culture and online education to fake news and partisan media. As director of the College's online master’s program in social media, he frequently discusses how online and social media are having an impact on culture, marketing, and communication. Dr. Selepak teaches courses on media writing, news and sports reporting, entertainment storytelling, and ethics.
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American Road Trip: How To Plan The Best Driving Vacation This Summer
A car allows you to be flexible. You don't have to arrive at the airport at a specific time or worry about schedules. Why not take advantage of the independence? That's the advice of Andrew Selepak, a college professor from Gainesville, Fla. "The nice thing about making a road trip is that you are not limited in getting to different places because you have a car to visit attractions and stops that aren’t where you traveled to in the first place," he says. Selepak just returned from a week-long road trip to Virginia to visit his family. He says he likes not having to wear protective gear when he's driving. In his car, he makes the mask rules.
Gov. DeSantis targets 'big tech' firms after social media companies crack down on lies, conspiracy theories
First Coast News online
"Essentially what [the state] is trying to do is pass a law that's going to impact a global company," said Dr. Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at the University of Florida. "You have to look at interstate commerce laws, at the First Amendment, a lot of legal issues."
Parler social media users double in week after election
"As a lot of tweets and a lot of Facebook posts from Donald Trump and his allies and even his family have been flagged on Facebook and Twitter from containing false information and inaccurate information about voter fraud from the previous election," Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at University of Florida, said. "So what we're looking at is a lot of people who want to discuss this, and discuss it freely without posts being flagged, banned and not being able to be shared."
What’s missing from pandemic-era travel? Plenty.
The Washington Post online
“The hotel was eerily quiet,” says Selepak, a professor at the University of Florida. “We found that many of the attractions were closed, and many of the restaurants were not open either. There was little to do other than stare at the ocean and drive back to the hotel.”
Blocking content on social media may actually draw more attention to it
Deseret News online
In fact, the move to block the story may have made people more curious about its still unproven claims that Joe Biden used his position as vice president to enrich his son, said Andrew Selepak, social media professor at the University of Florida. In addition, limiting the article’s reach on social media fuels a belief that Twitter and Facebook are conspiring to help Joe Biden win the election, Selepak said. “If you’re sitting in a hyperpartisan camp, and you believe these things to be true, if you then see this content is not being allowed, then it kind of goes back into your idea of well, they don’t want the truth to be known,” Selepak said.
Exploring anti-science attitudes among political and Christian conservatives through an examination of American universities on TwitterCogent Social Sciences
Andrew G Selepak
2018 The purpose of this study was to investigate an unexplored factor as to why some Republicans and conservatives have less trust in science and academia than those on the political left. Twitter accounts for 25 elite American universities were examined for political and religious sentiment and then compared to results from 25 lower ranked schools. The aim was to examine the extent universities post politically liberal or anti-Christian messaging through Twitter. Results suggest elite universities promote more liberal messages than conservative or Republican messages and more liberal messages than lower ranked schools. Overall, the sample of schools made few tweets containing pro-Christianity messaging despite some of the schools having strong connections to Christian denominations or having been founded as religious institutions to train Christian clergy. The findings add additional insight as to why discussions on scientific issues may be influenced by political partisanship.
Manufacturing white criminals: Depictions of criminality and violence on Law & OrderCogent Social Sciences
Andrew G Selepak, Jason Cain
2015 This study examines exposure to the police drama television genre and its impact on perceptions of crime and racial criminality. Content analyses of three seasons of Law & Order were examined to evaluate the show’s portrayal of race and crime compared to actual crime statistics for New York City during the same periods. A survey was also conducted to examine perceptions of personal safety and the influence of television’s depiction of race and crime. Results suggest whites are disproportionately portrayed as criminals five to eight times more often on police dramas compared to actual crime statistics for the city of New York, exposure to police dramas increases beliefs of threats to personal safety, and exposure to police dramas leads to elevated perceptions of white criminality among non-whites. Results provide additional support for cultivation theory and “Mean World Syndrome,” and implications for delimitation and racial distrust.
The Sound of Hate: Exploring the Use of Hatecore Song Lyrics as a Recruitment Strategy by the White Force Movement*Intercom: Revista Brasileira de Ciências da Comunicação
Belio Antonio Martinez Jr, Andy Selepak
2014 This study uses “Grounded Theory” to examine the use of hatecore song lyrics as a strategic Communication to spread skinhead ideology . The results indicate that the lyrics portray ethnic and religious minorities, and homosexuals as inferior and subhuman. Jews, government and whites who oppose skinhead ideology are described as part of the problem. The letters are used to recruit marginalized whites into the movement, defining them as powerless and losing power while “others” gain it. They also recruit them through positive messages of white racial pride. As with other social movements, the results indicate that power plays a central role in defining theproblem facing marginalized whites, the cause of the problems, and the prescribed solutions found in hatecore song lyrics .