Harvard study: Left blogs more “participatory”
This probably comes as little surprise to most progressives (who are only too aware of the unruly and disorganized way their side of moves forward – see the Progressive Pulse!), but a new Harvard study finds that:
Based on qualitative coding of the top 155 political blogs, our results reveal significant cross-ideological variations along several important dimensions. Notably, we find evidence of an association between ideological affiliation and the technologies, institutions, and practices of participation across political blogs. Sites on the left adopt more participatory technical platforms; are comprised of significantly fewer sole-authored sites; include user blogs; maintain more fluid boundaries between secondary and primary content; include longer narrative and discussion posts; and (among the top half of the blogs in our sample) more often use blogs as platforms for mobilization as well as discursive production.
This seems to confirm the widely held suspicion that about half of the blogs on the far right are run by grumpy guys sitting in their basements eating junk food.