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The Politicization of the Blogosphere

Mohamed Zayani

in Networked Publics and Digital Contention

Published in print October 2015 | ISBN: 9780190239763
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190239800 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239763.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Digital Politics

The Politicization of the Blogosphere

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This chapter examines the rise of blogs with the evolution of the Internet and the advent of Web 2.0, paying particular attention to the dynamics of political socialization within a reconfigured space of network-based communication. It focuses on the coming to being of a formative space of contention that became more expressive, more engaging, and more vocal over the years. While the blogosphere constituted a small component of the Tunisian Internet, it was arguably one of the most engaging spaces. In a context of shrinking freedoms and increased repression, the critical space blogging fostered helped raise a new consciousness and articulate new expectations. Examining the growing assertiveness of the blogosphere helps point out contestatory dynamics that started to coalesce and take shape but also accentuate the salience and inevitability of politics.

Keywords: blogosphere; blogging; collective blogs; citizen blogs; dissident blogs; political socialization; anonymity; cyber activism; artful contention; resistance

Chapter.  9885 words. 

Subjects: International Relations ; Politics

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