Every blog has its day

Politically-interested internet users' perceptions of blog credibility

Thomas Jerrold Johnson, Barbara K. Kaye, Shannon L. Bichard, W. Joann Wong

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    Abstract

    This study employs an online survey to examine U.S. politically-interested Internet users' perceptions of the credibility of blogs. The article focuses on the influence of blog reliance compared to motivations for visiting blogs in determining blog credibility. The study found that blogs were judged as moderately credible, but as more credible than any mainstream media or online source. Both reliance and motivations predicted blog credibility after controlling for demographics and political variables. Reliance proved a consistently stronger predictor than blog motivations. Also, information-seeking motives predicted credibility better than entertainment ones.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)100-122
    Number of pages23
    JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 1 2007

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    Every blog has its day : Politically-interested internet users' perceptions of blog credibility. / Johnson, Thomas Jerrold; Kaye, Barbara K.; Bichard, Shannon L.; Wong, W. Joann.

    In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Vol. 13, No. 1, 01.10.2007, p. 100-122.

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    Johnson, Thomas Jerrold ; Kaye, Barbara K. ; Bichard, Shannon L. ; Wong, W. Joann. / Every blog has its day : Politically-interested internet users' perceptions of blog credibility. In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 2007 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 100-122.
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