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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Feature Articles

Don’t miss these pertinent articles, appears in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), 2007.

Johnson, T. J., Kaye, B. K., Bichard, S. L. and Wong, W. J. (2007). Every blog has its day: Politically-interested Internet users' perceptions of blog credibility.
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 6.

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.

Stefanone, M. A. and Jang, C.-Y. (2007). Writing for friends and family: The interpersonal nature of blogs.
Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article 7.

This research explores variables related to the use of personal-journal style blogs for interpersonal goals. A random sample of bloggers completed surveys exploring how the combination of extraversion and self-disclosure affect strong tie network size, which in turn serves as motivation to use blogs as an alternative communication channel. Bloggers who exhibit both extraversion and self-disclosure traits tend to maintain larger strong-tie social networks and are more likely to appropriate blogs to support those relationships. Age, gender, and education have no relationship to network size, blog content, or the use of blogs as a relationship maintenance tool. These results contribute to the continuing discussion about the impact that the Internet and its tools are having on relationships by suggesting that, rather than promoting isolation, computer-mediated communication tools such as blogs often function to enhance existing relationships.

Note: Starting in January 2008, new issues will only be published on Blackwell Synergy site. The journal's format will continue to be open access, according to the International Communication Association.