Thursday, May 13, 2010

Discursive Practices on Political Blogs

Recently, the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School released a major research paper, the culmination of mapping discursive practices in 155 political blogs on the left, right and center. Here is the main conclusion:
"Based on qualitative coding of the top 155 political blogs, our results reveal significant cross-ideological variations along several important dimensions. Notably, we find evidence of an association between ideological affiliation and the technologies, institutions, and practices of participation across political blogs. Sites on the left adopt more participatory technical platforms; are comprised of significantly fewer sole-authored sites; include user blogs; maintain more fluid boundaries between secondary and primary content; include longer narrative and discussion posts; and (among the top half of the blogs in our sample) more often use blogs as platforms for mobilization as well as discursive production."
The Harvard announcement is here. The paper can be downloaded here.

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