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Blog analysis


Hookway, N, Blog analysis, SAGE Research Methods Foundations: Digital and Media Research, Sage Publications Ltd, P Atkinson, S Delamont, A Cernat, JW Sakshaug, and RA Williams (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9781529746532 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2019 SAGE Publications Ltd

DOI: doi:10.4135/9781526421036801324


Blogs are the quintessential early 21st century text blurring the boundary between private and public. This entry reflects on the use of "weblogs" or "blogs" as a social research tool and the opportunities and challenges they offer the qualitative researcher. The defining features of blogs are "frequency, brevity and personality" (Turnbull, 2002, p. 82). More formally, a "blog" refers to a website that contains a series of frequently updated, reverse chronologically ordered posts on a common web page, usually written by a single author (Hookway, 2008). Blogs are treated as multimedia "documents of life" that offer unique personal accounts of everyday life and provide large amounts of instantaneous data that are global, archived, searchable, and relatively resource-lite. This entry provides guidance on blog data collection and analysis and outlines practical, methodological, and ethical issues that social researchers need to consider.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:digital methods, blog analysis
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociological methodology and research methods
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Media services
Objective Field:Internet, digital and social media
UTAS Author:Hookway, N (Dr Nicholas Hookway)
ID Code:142370
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-01-12
Last Modified:2021-02-09

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