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04.07.07 02:17 AM

E-Activism: Analysis of Black Bloggers in the Blogosphere

Brown University released a press release on April 5, citing the findings from a study conducted by Dr. Antoinette J. Pole, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University, in which she found that of 20 black bloggers that she surveyed:

"85 percent of respondents use their blogs to engage in political advocacy and to raise money for charitable causes. A majority of the bloggers said they encouraged their readers to vote or to register to vote; 40 percent of the bloggers asked their readers to contact elected officials; 35 percent suggested that their readers sign a petition or attend a rally, protest, or march."

The findings appear as Black Bloggers and the Blogosphere in the International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, and can be downloaded for $4.09 US.

One of the most interesting things that Pole said she found in her study was:

“While black bloggers face challenges such as not being linked by more popular bloggers or not receiving as much traffic as other bloggers, they perceive the blogosphere as inclusive.”

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