“Politics and government ran a very distant second with 11 percent of bloggers citing those issues of public life as the main subject of their blog.”
We can see how the part of blogosphere that turn into public sphere concentrates on political issues. One can say that 11 percent is not too much, but if we consider that “eight percent of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog.” (Pew, 2006), eleven percent is more than 1,3 million bloggers! Is that enough to revitalize the public sphere in Habermas´ sense?
I don’t know, but if we take into account that “thirty-nine percent of internet users, or about 57 million American adults, read blogs” (Pew, 2006) the results for the next presidential election in USA (2008) can be interesting.
Are the majority of bloggers still more right-wing? And how will they influence next elections?
More about the Survey: “Bloggers: A Portrait of the Internet’s New Storytellers”
all survey in PDF
Inspired by: Marysia Cywinska