Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization

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Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization

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Title: Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization
Author: Palfrey, John Gorham; Etling, Bruce; Alexanyan, Karina; Kelly, John; Faris, Robert M; Gasser, Urs

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Citation: Bruce Etling, Karina Alexanyan, John Kelly, Rob Faris, John Palfrey, Urs Gasser, Public Discourse in the Russian Blogosphere: Mapping RuNet Politics and Mobilization (2010).
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Abstract: We analyzed Russian blogs to discover networks of discussion around politics and public affairs. Beginning with an initial set of over five million blogs, we used social network analysis to identify a highly active ‘Discussion Core’ of over 11,000. These were clustered according to long term patterns of citations within posts, and the resulting segmentation characterized through both automated and human content analysis. Key findings include: * Unlike their counterparts in the US and elsewhere, Russian bloggers prefer platforms that combine features typical of blogs with features of social network services (SNSs) like Facebook. Russian blogging is dominated by a handful of these “SNS hybrids.” * While the larger Russian blogosphere is highly divided according to platform, there is a central Discussion Core that contains the majority of political and public affairs discourse. This core is comprised mainly, though not exclusively, of blogs on the LiveJournal platform.
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