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Journal Article

e‑Citizens : Blogging as Democratic Practice Associate Professor  pp199-210

Mary Griffiths

© Oct 2004 Volume 2 Issue 3, Editor: Frank Bannister, pp147 - 218

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Abstract

Bloggers are able to publish political commentary online, without having to deal with traditional media gatekeepers, such as news editors and other media professionals. Networked blogging is impacting on political life as individual politicians and citizen‑journalists go online in the newest media genre. The blogosphere helps construct citizen‑users' democratic literacies and participation in new ways. Using a governmental framework and selected examples, I analyze the generic features of the political blog, and the nature of the relationships and capacities formed by the personal modes of address in specific virtual publics. Blogs are obviously more than ways of "preaching to the choir" (Lenhart, qtd in AFP, 2003) ƒ but what is the nature of the e‑governance work they are doing?

 

Keywords: Blogs, democratic literacies, participation, governmentality, political marketing

 

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