Stuck in first gear: The case of the German political "blogosphere"

Stine Eckert, Kalyani Chadha, Michael Koliska

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Germany is a technologically advanced democracy with free media and high levels of literacy, yet political blogging has not developed as rapidly in Germany as in the United States or other European democracies such as France and Poland. Using data obtained from in-depth interviews with 28 leading national and regional political bloggers in Germany in spring 2011, this study identifies a complex combination of factors that these bloggers say have impacted the emergence of political blogging in Germany: fears associated with Internet technologies; hostility of traditional news media toward blogs; continued trust of the population in traditional news media, notably public broadcasting; and legal challenges faced by political bloggers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)628-645
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Blogging
  • Germany
  • National context
  • New media adoption
  • Political blogs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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