comparative analysis, network analysis, new media technology, political blog, political communication culture




Political blogging provides a useful testing ground for the thesis of Americanization effects of new media technology that emerged in the United States and spread internationally. This study examined the network of hypertext links to top political blogs in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The U.S. blogging network showed higher interconnectedness than did the U.K. and German networks, and was more highly fragmented along the lines of political differences. This study presents the relationships among the new communication form, its international diffusion, and the role of indigenous conditions affecting its adoption.


Original Citation: Deuk Hyun, Ki. "Americanization of Web-Based Political Communication?: A Comparative Analysis of Political Blogospheres in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 89, no. 3 (2012): 397-413.

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