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AR; of online and offline activism

Is there a definite relationship between online and offline (political) activism? Two recent papers reply with a firm “maybe.” More precisely, Leung, in his 2009 article, tested whether a penchant for online content generation correlates with psychological empowerment – a … Continue reading

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AR; of pyramidal democracy

How could deliberative democracy be put into practice? To tackle the threefold problem involved (that of scope, competency, and required time commitment), Marcus J. Pivato proposes a model of pyramidal democracy (find the original article here). This model consists of … Continue reading

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AR; how to cope with the scope?

Deliberation is a good thing, but it’s also very demanding. How can it serve as the organizing principle for a modern democracy, where a common position must be found not among a small group, but among millions of people? Will … Continue reading

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AR; political discussion frequency, network size, and heterogeneity of discussions

_ Not one of the snappiest titles ever, but the original – from William P. Eveland, Jr. and Myiah Hutchens Hively, is even longer. In their paper they have reviewed considerable amounts of previous research material on political discussion, and … Continue reading

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AR; on blogs and political participation

  It has been established that traditional informational media consumption correlates with political participation: in general, the more someone uses the media for informational purposes, the higher the chances that they will also be politically active (I’ll add a brief … Continue reading

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Finns uninterested in politics

A short piece of news from Finnish public service broadcaster YLE reported about a survey measuring the political knowledge of Finns across the society. The survey, conducted by the University of Turku, found that a large part of the general … Continue reading

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AR: Whose voice is heard in online deliberation?

Some quick notes on Steffen Albrecht‘s paper “Whose voice is heard in online deliberation? – A study of participation and representation in political debates on the Internet.” (Information, Communication & Society, Vol. 9. No 1., February 2006) Albrecht discusses topics … Continue reading

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