• Journal Article

A pitfall of new media? User controls exacerbate editing effects on memory

Citation

Southwell, B., & Lee, M. (2004). A pitfall of new media? User controls exacerbate editing effects on memory. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 81(3), 643-656.

Abstract

While much research focuses on main effects of emerging media technologies. the potential for new media attributes to moderate relationships between content features and cognitive outcomes has enjoyed less attention. Do new user controls moderate editing effects on memory? This study demonstrates that control can exacerbate effects. Researchers developed an interface offering two levels of user control. Those assigned to a situation comparable to traditional television viewing were four times more likely to later recognize complex media content than were those for whom user control over pacing and narrative sequence was available. Implications for journalism and strategic communication are discussed.