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Virginia Tech

1. Habegger, Michael Warren. Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities.

Degree: MA, Political Science, 2011, Virginia Tech

This thesis demonstrates that participants in Political Blogging Communities increase their deliberative capacity over time, potentially enabling them to participate in democratic societies. The study unifies perspectives on the meaning of blogs in American politics. It presents a unique theoretical framework that incorporates community and social learning literatures. The Internet is thought to potentially enable a revitalization of democracy because of its political and communicative properties. While studies have looked to deliberation in online forums, this study specifically targets Political Blogging Communities. Blogs have been targeted by a diverse range of scholars and methods that raise questions of their role in emphasizing the constitutional ideal of deliberation. Daily Kos and Red State are among the most popular political discussion sites, but are generally under-investigated in the literature. The theoretical framework and results presented here suggest that they are places where democratic capacity increases. A pilot study provided encouraging results. Because Political Blogging Communities talk about public issues, have several aspects of a supportive community, and feature contributions from ordinary people, they foster an adherence to deliberative norms. The sampling frame sought dedicated participants in an effort to approach the question of social learning over time. To address these questions, the deliberative content of 373 diaries from 20 authors at Daily Kos and Red State was hand coded. This Thesis makes two principal contributions: (1) it introduces a new measure that assesses deliberative quality is introduced, and (2) finds that the diversity of deliberative content in political blogs increases over time. Advisors/Committee Members: Hunsinger, Jeremy W. (committee member), Rothschild, Joyce (committeecochair), Brians, Craig Leonard (committeecochair).

Subjects/Keywords: AMERICAN POLITICS; DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY; RED STATE; DAILY KOS; HABERMAS; COMMUNICATION; SOCIAL LEARNING; COMMUNITY; INTERNET; DEMOCRACY; BLOGS; DELIBERATION

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APA (6th Edition):

Habegger, M. W. (2011). Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities. (Masters Thesis). Virginia Tech. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10919/34053

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Habegger, Michael Warren. “Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities.” 2011. Masters Thesis, Virginia Tech. Accessed April 19, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10919/34053.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Habegger, Michael Warren. “Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities.” 2011. Web. 19 Apr 2019.

Vancouver:

Habegger MW. Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2011. [cited 2019 Apr 19]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/34053.

Council of Science Editors:

Habegger MW. Learning to Do Democracy: Deliberative Capacity in Political Blogging Communities. [Masters Thesis]. Virginia Tech; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/34053


Portland State University

2. Soma, Samantha Isabella. An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com.

Degree: MS(M.S.) in Conflict Resolution, Conflict Resolution, 2006, Portland State University

The increasing popularity of the social web and online communities requires the attention of researchers of conflict resolution. Although there are many ways to resolve conflict offline, the ways in which conflict takes place within a native online context have not been much studied. Are any of the tools and strategies that are used to improve communication offline used successfully online, or are some other strategies taking their place? What communication patterns occur within an online community equipped with comment moderation capabilities? This research is a case study and addressed these questions by performing a qualitative analysis of comment conversations within two diaries that discussed a conflict event known as the Pie Fight within the Daily Kos community in June, 2005. The findings of this research are organized into three sections, which discuss behaviors related to Communication Style, Conflict Minimization or Avoidance, and community members' response to Comment Moderation (Ratings). Novel communication style behaviors which were noted included the use of cut-and-paste "paraphrasing" which was used to escalate conflict rather than resolving it, medium blaming when the writer's own words were quite obviously provocative, and extended leave-taking as a means of maintaining relationships before departing from the community. Conflict minimization or avoidance behaviors included the assumption that removal of discussion about the conflict by deleting an entire diary and comments threads would somehow resolve the disagreements included in them it, the use of benign verbal aggression which seemed to bring some segments of the community together, and the temporary or permanent departure from the community by members who took part in the conflict discussion. Ratings moderation created another point of conflict when negative ratings were threatened, although negative ratings were used mainly to address unproductive language rather than punish differences of opinion. The use of positive ratings to offer silent support or appreciation to members whose reasoned comments received a dismissive response was also observed. These findings could be used in future research about the suitability of online communities as sites of deliberative discussion. Advisors/Committee Members: Robert Gould.

Subjects/Keywords: Telematics; Conflict management; Electronic discussion groups; Internet; Daily kos; Communication Technology and New Media; Peace and Conflict Studies; Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance

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APA (6th Edition):

Soma, S. I. (2006). An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com. (Masters Thesis). Portland State University. Retrieved from http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/open_access_etds/1466

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Soma, Samantha Isabella. “An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com.” 2006. Masters Thesis, Portland State University. Accessed April 19, 2019. http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/open_access_etds/1466.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Soma, Samantha Isabella. “An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com.” 2006. Web. 19 Apr 2019.

Vancouver:

Soma SI. An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com. [Internet] [Masters thesis]. Portland State University; 2006. [cited 2019 Apr 19]. Available from: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/open_access_etds/1466.

Council of Science Editors:

Soma SI. An Examination of Conflict Conversation in an Online Community: the Pie Fight at DailyKos.com. [Masters Thesis]. Portland State University; 2006. Available from: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/open_access_etds/1466

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