Thursday, November 19, 2009

Who blogs, and why?

There are many reasons to blog, and these reasons are as varied as the people who write blogs themselves. Self-expression is one, whether to write an online diary or critique issues of interest to the blogger.

Blogging is a useful tool of participatory democracy; by transmitting their views online, bloggers encourage democratization and decentralization of authority (Scholz, 2008). In Malaysia, the 2008 general election result was heavily influenced by bloggers. They helped the opposition defeating the ruling coalition by blogging on alternative news(Tan and Ibrahim, 2008).


Scholz, T. 2008, ‘Market Ideology and the Myths of Web 2.0’, First Monday, vol. 13, no. 3, viewed 29 September 2009

Tan, JE, Ibrahim, Z, 2008 Blogging and Democratization in Malaysia, Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Petaling Jaya

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