Blogging, Citizenship and the Future of Media by Mark Tremayne

By Mark Tremayne

This selection of unique essays addresses a couple of questions looking to elevate our figuring out of the position of blogs within the modern media panorama. It takes a provocative examine how blogs are reshaping tradition, media, and politics whereas supplying a number of theoretical views and methodological techniques to the learn. americans are more and more turning to blogs for information, info, and leisure. yet what's the content material of blogs? Who writes them? what's the end result of the population’s growing to be dependence on blogs for political details? What are the results of running a blog? Do readers belief blogs as credible resources of knowledge? the amount comprises quantitative and qualitative experiences of the blogosphere, its contents, its authors, and its networked connections. The readers of blogs are one other concentration of the gathering: how are web publication readers diversified from the remainder of the inhabitants? What effects do blogs have for the lives of daily humans? ultimately, the e-book explores the ramifications of the web publication phenomenon at the way forward for conventional media: tv, newspapers, and radio.

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Indb 22 10/9/06 10:12:03 AM Audiences as Media Producers: Content Analysis of 260 Blogs • 23 ated a page for information- and entertainment-related purposes, several sustained one for self-expression purposes and to communicate with friends and family. Fewer used them for professional advancement or to pass time. The research also revealed that those less socially active and less satisfied with their lives tended to see the webpage as a way of passing the time and spent more time editing their pages and using the Internet.

Although the numbers involved are small, we include this finding because it is contrary to what we expected based on the popular view that blogging is increasingly being adopted by “ordinary,” less technically sophisticated users. Stability Over Time Two main characteristics of the blogs in our corpus remained stable over time: the number of blog authors and the presence of an image (typically a photograph) of the author on the home page of the blog. 4). 5). This last practice contrasts with the practice in personal home pages (Bates & Lu, 1997) and contributes to the impression that these blogs are primarily textual documents.

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