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Title: Exploring the Cuban blogosphere : Discourse networks and informal politics
Authors: Vicari, Stefania
First Published: 1-Apr-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: New Media and Society, 2014, DOI: 10.1177/1461444814529285
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1461444814529285
ISSN: 1461-4448
eISSN: 1461-7315
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Sage. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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