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Title: Blogging politics in Cuba : the framing of political discourse in the Cuban blogosphere
Authors: Vicari, Stefania
First Published: 9-Jul-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Media Culture Society October 2014 vol. 36 no. 7 998-1015
Abstract: While a growing literature is exploring blogs and blogospheres as loci for informal political engagement, the development of political discourse via specific framing dynamics in blogging practice has so far been overlooked. By investigating the content of 62 blogs from four different ideological streams, this study specifically focuses on the Cuban blogosphere to address the question of how political consciousness and potential for collective action may emerge in blogging practice. Findings show that 1) critical evaluations, personal narratives and traditional socialist rhetoric mix as the raw materials of an emerging online political debate; 2) this particular mix varies depending on the political leaning of the bloggers; 3) potential for collective action is very limited mostly due to the lack of a strong agency component among critical bloggers and the still heavy presence of an outdated socialist rhetoric among state-aligned bloggers.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0163443714536082
ISSN: 0163-4437
eISSN: 1460-3675
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2014. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Media and Communication

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