Blog Searching: The First General-Purpose Source of Retrospective Public Opinion in the Social Sciences?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/15613
Title:
Blog Searching: The First General-Purpose Source of Retrospective Public Opinion in the Social Sciences?
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike
Abstract:
Purpose – To demonstrate how blog searching can be used as a retrospective source of public opinion. Design/methodology/approach - In this paper a variety of blog searching techniques are described and illustrated with a case study of the Danish cartoons affair. Findings - A time series analysis of related blog postings suggests that the Danish cartoons issue attracted little attention in the English-speaking world for four months after the initial publication of the cartoons, exploding only after the simultaneous start of diplomatic sanctions and a commercial boycott. Research limitations/implications – Blogs only reveal the opinions of bloggers, and blog analysis is language-specific. Sections of the world and the population of individual countries that do not have access to the internet will not be adequately represented in blogspace. Moreover, bloggers are self-selected and probably not representative of internet users. Originality/value - The existence of blog search engines now allows researchers to search blogspace for posts relating to any given debate, seeking either the opinions of blogging pundits or casual mentions in personal journals. It is possible to use blogs to examine topics before they first attracted mass media attention, as well as to dissect ongoing discussions. This gives a retrospective source of public opinion that is unique to blog search engines.
Citation:
Online Information Review, 31(3): 277-289
Publisher:
Emerald
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/15613
DOI:
10.1108/14684520710764069
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14684520710764069
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Metadata only
ISSN:
1468-4527
Sponsors:
The work was supported by a European Union grant for activity code NEST-2003-Path-1. It is part of the CREEN project (Critical Events in Evolving Networks, contract 012684).
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group ; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike-
dc.date.accessioned2008-01-03T10:18:18Z-
dc.date.available2008-01-03T10:18:18Z-
dc.date.issued2007-
dc.identifier.citationOnline Information Review, 31(3): 277-289en
dc.identifier.issn1468-4527-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/14684520710764069-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/15613-
dc.descriptionMetadata onlyen
dc.description.abstractPurpose – To demonstrate how blog searching can be used as a retrospective source of public opinion. Design/methodology/approach - In this paper a variety of blog searching techniques are described and illustrated with a case study of the Danish cartoons affair. Findings - A time series analysis of related blog postings suggests that the Danish cartoons issue attracted little attention in the English-speaking world for four months after the initial publication of the cartoons, exploding only after the simultaneous start of diplomatic sanctions and a commercial boycott. Research limitations/implications – Blogs only reveal the opinions of bloggers, and blog analysis is language-specific. Sections of the world and the population of individual countries that do not have access to the internet will not be adequately represented in blogspace. Moreover, bloggers are self-selected and probably not representative of internet users. Originality/value - The existence of blog search engines now allows researchers to search blogspace for posts relating to any given debate, seeking either the opinions of blogging pundits or casual mentions in personal journals. It is possible to use blogs to examine topics before they first attracted mass media attention, as well as to dissect ongoing discussions. This gives a retrospective source of public opinion that is unique to blog search engines.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe work was supported by a European Union grant for activity code NEST-2003-Path-1. It is part of the CREEN project (Critical Events in Evolving Networks, contract 012684).en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmeralden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/14684520710764069en
dc.subjectBlogsen
dc.subjectPublic opinionen
dc.subjectWeblogs-
dc.subjectMedia-
dc.titleBlog Searching: The First General-Purpose Source of Retrospective Public Opinion in the Social Sciences?en
dc.typeArticleen
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