Cascades and the political blogosphere

  • Jeffrey Swift
Keywords: political blog, cascade, daily me


Despite the fact that political blogs seem to be just as dominated by elites as traditional journalism, networks of individuals play an essential role in spreading arguments in the political blogosphere. The hyperlinking economy of political blogs is powered by competition, elevation, and access. This economy values networks of individuals just as much as — if not more than — it values elite top–tier bloggers.

Author Biography

Jeffrey Swift
Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media program, North Carolina State University: PhD Student, Graduate Instructor
How to Cite
Swift, J. (2011). Cascades and the political blogosphere. First Monday, 16(12).