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Differences in the Teen Blogosphere: Insights from a Content Analysis of English- and Czech-Language Weblogs



Year of publication 2012
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Young
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Social Studies

Field Psychology
Keywords online communication; weblog; blog; adolescents; social media; web 2.0; youth; global Internet culture; Internet
Description Extant research on youth online content and culture is mostly based on U.S. and Western contexts. Our goal was to examine whether a dominant global online youth culture or whether the local context (e.g., language and popular culture) influences youth online content. We compared English language blogs from the U.S. blogosphere, and Czech language blogs from the Czech blogosphere, written by 13- to 17-year-old youth. The last three entries from each blog were selected for content analysis, yielding a sample of 1038 entries. Results showed that English-speaking bloggers presented less personal information used a text-based style, and wrote mainly about their peers and everyday structured life. Czech-speaking bloggers used visuals, and focused on the public scene. Meta-blogging played a significant role in both blogospheres. The pattern of similarities and differences suggested that the blog authors’ physical context likely influenced the particular format or content of their blog entries.
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