Blogging for sovereignty: An analysis of Palestinian blogs

Justin D. Martin, Sherine El-Toukhy

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Blogs addressing political issues are often viewed as highly polarized online discussion spaces. To test the universality of this assumption, the authors evaluated 127 Palestinian blogs written in both Arabic and English languages. Blogs authored by Palestinians living in the Palestinian Territories and the State of Israel, members of the Palestinian Diaspora, and Palestinian advocates of other nationalities were analyzed in terms of the prevalence of political content, perceptions of the State of Israel, and differences in content due to language, nationality, and geographical location. Results of the analysis indicate that blogs in the sample were primarily political and that most blogs were critical of the State of Israel and its policies. The tone of discourse regarding the State of Israel, however, was not as reflexively visceral as one might have anticipated, particularly among blogs written in English and those authored by Palestinian advocates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBlogging in the Global Society
Subtitle of host publicationCultural, Political and Geographical Aspects
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781609607449
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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