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Blogging, Citizenship, and the Future of Media by Mark Tremayne
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Jul 01, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction, media-and-media-studies
Read in June, 2008

The first two-thirds of this collection is mostly sort of lame sociological studies of blogs and blog readers. Many of them test what seem to be pretty silly hypotheses - things like 'blog readers more politically conservative' - and find that, unsurprisingly, they aren't true. One gets the impression that the authors are not regular participants in the blogosphere and that it's pretty difficult for them to understand what people are doing there.
The third section is a little better. There are several articles on emerging legal issues around blogs, including the potential consequences of including bloggers as the 'press,' as well as the jurisdictional problems arising for things like defamation lawsuits.

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