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The Role of Blogs in the Political Media

The Role of Blogs in the Political Media

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Published by Matt Stempeck
From 2005-2006, I researched and wrote a thesis on the evolution of media in the United States through the lens of political communications. Specifically, I focused on the disruptive role that blogs, and the Internet at large, have played on traditional journalism and political powerholders. I traced the evolution and consolidation of the mainstream media and the subsequent rise of citizen media, driven by interactivity, community, and accessbility. I was able to show how blogs and other interactive media can augment, and sometimes even supplant, existing media and political institutions, such as newspapers and political parties. I examined how networks can improve the discovery and distribution of information and how the Internet has enabled the individual's participation in media creation. But I also discussed the limitations of these new media, and the balance between instantaenous reaction and long-form thought. The thesis received High Honors.
From 2005-2006, I researched and wrote a thesis on the evolution of media in the United States through the lens of political communications. Specifically, I focused on the disruptive role that blogs, and the Internet at large, have played on traditional journalism and political powerholders. I traced the evolution and consolidation of the mainstream media and the subsequent rise of citizen media, driven by interactivity, community, and accessbility. I was able to show how blogs and other interactive media can augment, and sometimes even supplant, existing media and political institutions, such as newspapers and political parties. I examined how networks can improve the discovery and distribution of information and how the Internet has enabled the individual's participation in media creation. But I also discussed the limitations of these new media, and the balance between instantaenous reaction and long-form thought. The thesis received High Honors.

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The Role of Blogs in the Political Media
Matthew Stempeck May 2006GVPT Honors ProgramUniversity of Maryland
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction
PART I.
The Traditional is Changing
Chapter 1. The Mainstream MediaChapter 2. The Rise of Blogs
PART II.
Blogs & the Media
Chapter 3. Blogs as Complementary to Traditional JournalismChapter 4. The Mainstream Media’s Reaction to Changing TimesChapter 5. Blogs as an Autonomous Media Entity
PART III.
Blogs & Politics
Chapter 6. Blogs & PoliticsConclusionAppendices
 
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I. The Traditional is Changing
Introduction
On April 11, 2006, Vice President Dick Cheney emerged from the Washington Nationals’ dugout wearing a Nationals jacket to throw out the first pitch of the team’ssecond season. But “from the moment he stepped on the field until he jogged off” theVice President “drew boisterous boos” in a “derisive greeting was surprisingly loud andlong” (Argetsinger et al. 2006). The crowd’s reaction was likely a reflection of the city’s political leanings
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or Cheney’s months of consistently low approval ratings (“Poll: BushLow, Congress Lower” 2006).
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Yet in the
Washington Post 
’s online coverage, columnistDavid Nakamura attributed the boos to Cheney’s pitch:
The first pitch of the Washington Nationals’ second season at Robert F. KennedyMemorial Stadium was low and away, bouncing in the dirt before being scooped up bycatcher Brian Schneider.
For that, Vice President Cheney received a round of boos
 from the home crowd this afternoon. But the catcalls didn't last long before the fanscheered for the Nationals…[emphasis added]
(Nakamura 2006, “Cheney’s Pitch…”)Armed with multiple versions of digital video clips uploaded from televised broadcasts clearly proving Cheney was booed well before he threw the pitch, liberal bloggers sprung into scandal mode. Only hours after the story was uploaded to the Post’swebsite, John Aravosis posted the headline “Washington Post whitewashes story criticalof Cheney” on his popular AMERICABlog. Aravosis cited his argument with a link towhat he thought was a reporter’s “pool report”, or the raw notes reporters share withothers who could not be in attendance. The report was in actuality a joke on the
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Bush and Cheney received only 9% of Washington, D.C.’s vote in 2004.
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According to Harris Interactive Polls published in the Wall Street Journal, Cheney had a 30% approvalrating from November 2005 through January 2006 (“Poll: Bush Low, Congress Lower” 2006). A CBS pollconducted in November, 2005 found Cheney’s approval rating to be even lower, at 19% (“Bush's JobApproval Hits New Low” 2005).

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