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January 20, 2009

Online Honeymoon or Shift in the Shape of Debate?

In the weeks building up to the inauguration of Barack Obama, liberal and conservative bloggers shifted their behavior – often linking to the same YouTube videos.

As illustrated by the Political Video Barometer, this represents a notable difference from their pre-election behavior, when they rarely promoted the same videos.

However, with the exception of videos on the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the videos currently being promoted by political bloggers lack a focus on specific public policy positions.

Only time will tell if this shift will vanish once President Obama seeks to implement his agenda.

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