Blogs are echo chambers: Blogs are echo chambers

Eric Gilbert, Tony Bergstrom, Kyratso George Karahalios

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Abstract

In the last decade, blogs have exploded in number, popularity and scope. However, many commentators and researchers speculate that blogs isolate readers in echo chambers, cutting them off from dissenting opinions. Our empirical paper tests this hypothesis. Using a hand-coded sample of over 1,000 comments from 33 of the world's top blogs, we find that agreement outnumbers disagreement in blog comments by more than 3 to 1. However, this ratio depends heavily on a blog's genre, varying between 2 to 1 and 9 to 1. Using these hand-coded blog comments as input, we also show that natural language processing techniques can identify the linguistic markers of agreement. We conclude by applying our empirical and algorithmic findings to practical implications for blogs, and discuss the many questions raised by our work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2009
Event42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS - Waikoloa, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 5 2009Jan 9 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS

Other

Other42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS
CountryUnited States
CityWaikoloa, HI
Period1/5/091/9/09

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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    Gilbert, E., Bergstrom, T., & Karahalios, K. G. (2009). Blogs are echo chambers: Blogs are echo chambers. In Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS [4755503] (Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS). https://doi.org/10.1109/HICSS.2009.91