Mapping the Australian political blogosphere
Bruns, Axel, Kirchhoff, Lars, & Nicolai, Thomas (2009) Mapping the Australian political blogosphere. In WebSci '09, 18-20 Mar. 2009, Athens, Greece.
Network crawling and visualisation tools and other datamining systems are now advanced enough to provide significant new impulses to the study of cultural activity on the Web. A growing range of studies focus on communicative processes in the blogosphere – including for example Adamic & Glance’s 2005 map of political allegiances during the 2004 U.S. presidential election and Kelly & Etling’s 2008 study of blogging practices in Iran. There remain a number of significant shortcomings in the application of such tools and methodologies to the study of blogging; these relate both to how the content of blogs is analysed, and to how the network maps resulting from such studies are understood. Our project highlights and addresses such shortcomings.
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