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  1. Caleb Chang
    March 4, 2008 @ 1:48 pm

    First sentence should read “news” sites (plural) 😉

    I look forward to seeing whether your findings show if there is a clear demographic & socioeconomic boundary between those who say the internet is an influencer vs. those who don’t.

  2. Thinking Difference
    March 5, 2008 @ 10:05 am

    Is this an abstract for a conference paper or a master’s project? I guess a few questions immediately pop up, like:
    – how can you measure or assert the influence of the internet on voters (and what influence actually means). I guess you can come up with some survey questions, but from a qualitative perspective they will be quite debatable.
    – isn’t the scope of research way too big?
    – what is information? you put together BBC and Facebook, which are not the same thing in many ways.
    – the last sentences of your abstract are moving the discussion in a totally different direction then the influence on voters topic. you are now talking about meaning-making around internet in the political arena. and in the next section, you introduce yet another topic.

    i don’t mean to be over-critical, but i just think you’ll need to narrow down a lot. the points above are meant to help you do that. good luck!

  3. Diana
    March 5, 2008 @ 10:17 am

    This is for my final for a class – neither a Masters project (I’m in an applied program so this would never work for a masters project here), or a paper (I’ve never submitted a paper and really don’t intend to for a while – my job is far too intense to go that far into academia at the moment).

    To answer your questions:
    1- I plan on both a qualitative and quantitative assessment that will first define influence then ask to what degree
    2 – Why yes it is! This is my brainstorm on what I’d love to do, but in reality it won’t happen quite like this in the amount of time I have to do it in.
    3 – I’ve separated BBC and Facebook actually. BBC = Information whereas Facebook = other voters. Two different things entirely.
    4 – This is because my assignment for the class is to incorporate Theory into it which means I have to ascribe to a particular anthropological theory as a means of my investigation. Unfortunately, this class is centered on theories that have existed for a while now and is not necessarily open to new theories and approaches such as Cyber Anthropology – so this is my way of melding the two. It does need work, this is why I threw it out there. 🙂

    Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate you taking the time to read it and to comment on it!

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