Berkman center presents: “A Tale of Two Blogospheres

A Tale of Two Blogospheres

from Berkman Center Newsfeed

The Berkman Center is pleased to announce the release of a new paper exploring U.S. political blogs:

A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and the Right, by Yochai Benkler, Aaron Shaw, and Victoria Stodden

This paper compares the practices of discursive production and participation among top U.S. political blogs on the left, right, and center during the summer of 2008 and, based on qualitative coding of the top 155, finds 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 the papers’ sample) more often use blogs as platforms for mobilization as well as discursive production.

The variations observed between the left and right wings of the U.S. political blogosphere provide insights into how varied patterns of technological adoption and use within a single society may produce distinct effects on democracy and the public sphere. The study also suggests that the prevailing techniques of domain-based link analysis used to study the political blogosphere to date may have fundamental limitations.

To read the full abstract and download the paper, visit

Also, The Nation has published a piece about the study, as well as an interview with Yochai Benkler.

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Support the World Day against Cyber-Censorship

Support the World Day against Cyber-Censorship, 12 March? Global: World Day Against Cyber Censorship from Global Voices Online by Diego Casaes Internet censorship is still a major issue in many countries worldwide. With that in mind, the Paris-based international organization Reporters without Borders (RSF) is promoting its yearly World Day Against Cyber Censorship on March … Read more

Global Voices at 5. Congratulations!

Five Years of Global Voices: Where they are now

from Global Voices Online by David Sasaki

The following was originally published at and is part of a series of posts commemorating Global Voices’ fifth anniversary and supporting of Global Voices’ 2009-10 online fundraising campaign. If you would like to support our work, please visit our Donate page. Thank you!

gv_bdayFive years ago I boarded a flight from San Diego to Boston to attend the 2004 Internet & Society conference at the Berkman Center. This was just a month after George Bush won the 2004 election and so there was an element of group therapy to many of the panel discussions. 2004 was the year when, according to Wired Magazine, the Internet invented Howard Dean. Dean’s campaign was supposed to be the harbinger of a new era of net politics where the progressive grassroots took advantage of online tools like blogs and (this was before YouTube even existed) to bring about more enlightened, representative governance. Instead, according to the ever-snarky Register, ?organized religion, not net religion, won it for Bush.?

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WBF's official declaration- Support for arrested Azeri bloggers…

World Bloggers: Support detained and imprisoned bloggers throughout the world!

Bucharest, 17th of November 2009 ? World Bloggers outspeak their support to two imprisoned video blogging youth activists in Azerbaijan as well as all persecuted, detained and imprisoned bloggers throughout the world. Continue to read.

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Global Voices introduces Threatened Voices

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Introducing Threatened Voices

from Global Voices Online by Sami Ben Gharbia


Never before have so many people been threatened or imprisoned for what the words they write on the internet.

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