Typing Politics: The Role of Blogs in American Politics

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Richard Davis provides a comprehensive yet concise assessment of the growing role played by political blogs and their relationship with the mainstream media. Through a detailed content analysis of the most popular political blogs-Daily Kos, Instapundit, Michelle Malkin, Wonkette, and others-he shows the degree to which blogs influence the traditional news medial, analyzes general attitudes about the role of blogs in journalism, and provides a novel assessment of the blog audience. Compact, accessible, and well-researched, Typing Politics is an invaluable contribution to the literature on a phenomenon that has reshaped the landscape of political communication.

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"Students of US politics will find this book an interesting examination of the development of a new, and controversial, political actor. From a methodological point of view, Davis poses an interesting research question and locates answers using a number of techniques. Summing Up: Recommended."—CHOICE

"With an empirical approach, Davis has crafted a thorough and thoughtful exploration of the dynamic role of blogs in American politics today."—U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

"The world of online social-interactive media (OSIM) in general and political blogging in particular has been discussed in books by insiders and scholars alike. But Richard Davis's Typing Politics is a breakthrough out of the norm. While most of us who have written about blogs tend to do so in a general way, Davis is a veritable archaeologist of the individual blog post and commentary. His detailed study of some of the major polblogs reveals nuances and complexities that will surprise both bloggers and those of us who study them. In the wake of an election year in which the role of OSIM was ubiquitous, Davis's book will be an important tool for better understanding the online political world in which we now live."-David Perlmutter, Professor at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas author of Blogwars

"Richard Davis's book provides a much needed field guide to the variety of political blogs active today and the variety of impacts-some positive, some negative, and some simply noteworthy-on journalism and politics. The books uses traditional concepts from political science and mass communication to navigate the blooming, buzzing confusion of the blogosphere, reminding us that blogs are a new set of actors in an age-old political process of agenda setting. The book offers useful conceptual guideposts for thinking about the impact of blogging on mainstream news and politics, and the reverse impact as well, and raises thought-provoking questions about the future of news and politics in a blogged world."—Regina G. Lawrence, Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. Chair in Political Communication, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University

"Blogs may serve a thousand purposes, but Richard Davis has proven that the impact of the political blogosphere is something not to be dismissed. In this well-organized and readable book, Davis places blogs in their political context, illuminating both their strengths and weaknesses. This mixture of stories and empirical research provide the reader with more than just a snapshot of the political blogosphere's contemporary composition. They delve into the intricacies and nuances of audiences, ideologies, partisanship, political mobilization, and the sometimes messy and tense relationship between traditional and new forms of news dissemination."—Ken Rogerson, Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Public Policy at Duke University

"Students of US politics will find this book an interesting examination of the development of a new, and controversial, political actor. From a methodological point of view, Davis poses an interesting research question and locates answers using a number of techniques.... Recommended."—Social & Behavioral Sciences

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195373752
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/26/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Davis is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Syracuse University. He is the author or co-author of several books on American politics including Electing Justice: Fixing the Supreme Court Nomination Process (Oxford, 2005); Politics Online: Blogs, Chatrooms, and Discussion Groups in American Democracy, (Routledge, 2005); Campaigning Online (Oxford, 2003); The Web of Politics (Oxford, 1999); New Media and American Politics (Oxford, 1998); and Decisions and Images: The Supreme Court and the Press (Prentice Hall, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3

1 Agenda Setting 9

2 Blogs and Politics 22

3 Bloggers 33

4 Inside the Blogs 56

5 Agenda Seekers 82

6 Journalists 107

7 The Audience 155

Conclusion 178

Appendix: Methodology 194

Notes 199

Index 233

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