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Exploring the Cuban blogosphere : Discourse networks and informal politics

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posted on 13.11.2014, 15:45 by Stefania Vicari
Despite the rapid growth of a blogosphere literature interested in blogging practices across democratic countries and authoritarian regimes, little is known about Cuban blogs. This study aims to bridge this gap by specifically looking at 66 blogs from four ideologically diverging Cuban blog platforms. By applying a combination of social network analysis and content analysis techniques, the study investigates structure and content of the Cuban blogosphere. Findings show that blog interactions have developed differently depending on the blogs’ ideological orientation although cross-ideologictsal interactions have sometimes emerged. The Cuban blogosphere has extended beyond national borders primarily via diaspora blogs, centering its discourse network on domestic political issues divergent from those available on state- or US-controlled mainstream media.

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Citation

New Media and Society, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1461444814529285

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/Department of Media and Communication

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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New Media and Society

Publisher

SAGE Publications

issn

1461-4448

eissn

1461-7315

Copyright date

2014

Available date

13/11/2014

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http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/01/1461444814529285

Language

en

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