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Baseline Examination of Political Bloggers

Title: A Baseline Examination of Political Bloggers: Who They Are, Their Views on the Blogosphere and Their Influence in Agenda-Setting via the Two-Step Flow Hypothesis.
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Name(s): Tomaszeski, Michael S., author
McClung, Steven, professor directing thesis
Rayburn, Jay D., committee member
School of Communication, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This is a baseline examination of political bloggers, it profiles who they are, discovers how they view the blogosphere, explores their motivations for blogging, and researches their influence on the media agenda via the two-step flow hypothesis. Key political organizations were asked which blogs they read to create a census of influential political blogs. The respondents of these blogs hailed from across the country and the political spectrum. Data was collected via a SurveyPro online questionnaire and tabulated with SPSS. The data revealed that bloggers tend to be married, educated, white males in their 40's. They are concerned about their reputation as contributors of an online rumor mill. Most do not blog professionally and are not making money from their blogs. The data also showed a digital divide between minorities and the poor and a gender gap among political bloggers.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1282 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Communication in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2006.
Date of Defense: November 3, 2006.
Keywords: Media Agenda, Political Bloggers, Political Blogs, Two-Step Flow, Agenda Setting, Blogosphere, Blogs, Influence
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: Steven McClung, Professor Directing Thesis; Jay D. Rayburn, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Communication
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1282
Owner Institution: FSU

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Tomaszeski, M. S. (2006). A Baseline Examination of Political Bloggers: Who They Are, Their Views on the Blogosphere and Their Influence in Agenda-Setting via the Two-Step Flow Hypothesis. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-1282