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Blogging.se: a study of the swedish blogosphere from a Habermasian perspective
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2007 (Swedish)Conference paper (Refereed)
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This paper (written in swedish) presents a quantitative study on the Swedish blogosphere based on 733 randomly selected blogs. The aim of the study was to determine whether or not blogging could be seen as rejuvenating for the “public sphere”, as described by Jürgen Habermas. The main results of the study was that even though most blogs write about ‘private’ subjects, the most popular blogs, i.e. those who received the most comments or trackbacks, where the ones concerning society-centered subjects. Also, a significant effect of gender was discovered regarding what type of subject one tends to blog about. Women in general wrote about private matters, whereas men tended to write about society-centered subjects. This essay argues that the most important feature of the blogosphere is not that posts are written on society-centered subjects, subjects that might be considered “more important” from a Habermasian point of view. Instead, the paper argues, the focus should be on the fact that bloggers do produce media texts themselves, instead of being passive recipients. The essay takes into account three key features of the public sphere, as described by Habermas: inclusivity, the disregard of social status and that any issue can be raised for rational debate. It is found that although the blogosphere is not without its problems, one could very well argue that it better meets these key features than the original concept of the public sphere.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120288OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120288DiVA: diva2:303058
The 18th Nordic conference for media and communication research. Helsinki, Finland, 16-19 august 2007
Available from: 2010-03-10 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2010-12-28Bibliographically approved

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