Blogging, Citizenship, and the Future of Media

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We have all heard that Americans are increasingly turning to blogs for news, information, and entertainment. But what is the content of blogs? Who writes them? What is the consequence of the population's growing dependence on blogs for political information? What are the effects of blogging? What are the legal implications of blogging, both for bloggers and for journalism in general? Do readers trust blogs as credible sources of information?

This collection of all new essays will address these and related questions in seeking to increase our understanding of the role of blogs in the contemporary media landscape. The volume includes quantitative and qualitative studies of the biogosphere, its contents, its authors, and its networked connections. The readers of blogs are another focus of the collection: how are blog readers different from the rest of the population? What consequences do blogs have for the lives of everyday people? Finally, the book explores the ramifications of the blog phenomenon on the future of traditional media: television, newspapers, and radio.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415979399
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/15/2006
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Tremayne is Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction: Examining the Blog-Media Relationship   Mark Tremayne     ix
Blogging: Research on Blogging Using Content Analysis     1
Longitudinal Content Analysis of Blogs: 2003-2004   Susan C. Herring   Lois Ann Scheidt   Inna Kouper   Elijah Wright     3
Audiences as Media Producers: Content Analysis of 260 Blogs   Zizi Papacharissi     21
Pundits in Muckrakers' Clothing: Political Blogs and the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election   D. Travers Scott     39
Analyzing Political Conversation on the Howard Dean Candidate Blog   Sharon Meraz     59
Blogging for Better Health: Putting the "Public" Back in Public Health   S. Shyam Sundar   Heidi Hatfield Edwards   Yifeng Hu   Carmen Stavrositu     83
Citizenship: Examining Blog Use, Antecedents and Consequences     103
Reading Political Blogs During the 2004 Election Campaign: Correlates and Political Consequences   William P. Eveland Jr.   Ivan Dylko     105
Blog Use Motivations: An Exploratory Study   Barbara K. Kaye     127
Credibility of Political Messages on the Internet: A Comparison of Blog Sources   Lynda Lee Kaid   Monica Postelnicu     149
Blog Readers: Predictors of Reliance on War Blogs   Thomas Johnson   Barbara K. Kaye     165
The Future of Media: Examining the Impact of Blogging on Journalism     185
Press Protection in the Blogosphere: Applying a Functional Definition of "Press" to News Web Logs   Laura Hendrickson     187
Blogs Without Borders: International Legal Jurisdiction Issues Facing Bloggers   Brian Carroll   Bob Frank     205
Emergent Communication Networks as Civic Journalism   Lou Rutigliano     225
Citizen Journalism: A Case Study   Clyde Bentley   Brian Hamman   Jeremy Littau   Hans Meyer   Brendan Watson   Beth Welsh     239
Harnessing the Active Audience: Synthesizing Blog Research and Lessons for the Future of Media   Mark Tremayne     261
Editor     273
Contributors     275
Index     279
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