Blog links as pipelines to buzz elsewhere: the case of New York theater blogs

Ben Spigel, Edward Malecki, Brant Jones

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Abstract

The concept of buzz is both new and heavily contested. One of the strongest debates about buzz is the possibility of `virtual buzz' or buzz that takes place online. At the heart of this debate is the importance of real-time, face-to-face contact. To investigate virtual buzz we present a study of a network of weblogs, or blogs, which share a topical focus on the New York City theater scene. Using social network analysis we find that these blogs exhibit a dense network of interlinkages between each other, with no dominant blog controlling the discourse. We believe this to be indicative of a buzz-like environment. We conclude by discussing the advantages that the study of blogs has for the field of economic geography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99
Number of pages111
JournalEnvironment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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