Election bloggers: Methods for determining political influence

  • Greg Elmer
  • Peter Malachy Ryan
  • Zach Devereaux
  • Ganaele Langlois
  • Joanna Redden
  • Fenwick McKelvey

Abstract

This paper discusses early findings and methodological pitfalls of a study of a hyper–mediated election campaign in Canada. Web logs — or “blogs” — serve as the primary object of study. The paper focuses on possible sources of large scale data (aggregated blogger posts) and methods of determining the political influence of bloggers. A series of methodologies are proposed to resolve the over–reliance upon information aggregators and blog search engines provided by Google and Technorati.
Published
2007-04-02
How to Cite
Elmer, G., Ryan, P. M., Devereaux, Z., Langlois, G., Redden, J., & McKelvey, F. (2007). Election bloggers: Methods for determining political influence. First Monday, 12(4). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v12i4.1766