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Hypercitizens from a Distinct Society: Characterizing Quebec’s Political Bloggers’ Online and Offline Political Involvement

Thierry Giasson, Vincent Raynauld and Cyntia Darisse
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Thierry Giasson: Université Laval, Canada
Vincent Raynauld: Carleton University, Canada
Cyntia Darisse: Université Laval, Canada

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2011, vol. 1, issue 2, 29-45

Abstract: While many, mostly American, scholars have recently conducted quantitative and qualitative investigations of the structure and content of political blogs, few have focused on the political involvement of their authors. Based on data collected through an online survey conducted in April 2008, this paper proposes the first detailed account of the sociopolitical profile of 56 members of the Quebec political blogosphere. The description of these bloggers’ involvement in content dispersion and online social networks as well as their participation in offline political activities helps to better understand the particularities of an emergent community of active citizens. Additionally, the research draws contrasts with previous studies of the U.S. political blogosphere and argues for the production of more detailed analysis considering the specificities of different communities of North American political bloggers.

Date: 2011
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