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Monday, May 01, 2006

Blog Readers Revealed?

Is Political Extremeism a by-product of immaturity?

I don't buy this. An unscientific Web survey of 36,000 people by Blogads reports that political blog readers tend to be age 41 to 50, male (72 percent), and earn $60,000 to $90,000 per year. Two in five have college degrees, while just a tad less have graduate degrees.
"These are not people who are politically idealistic and born yesterday," said Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, who runs the popular liberal site DailyKos.
The survey goes on the say:
Blogads President Henry Copeland said the findings represent "the choir" of political blog readers, the most interested and most engaged, "the political geeks who are arguing over the nuances at a press conference or the latest Hillary Clinton pronunciations."

He said Republican blog readers tend to be older, more often male, have higher incomes and less education than Democratic readers -- but only by small degrees.
Why then are so many of the comments at the daily KOSsack so juvenile? That goes for many of the right-wing blogs as well but they didn't participate as much as the lefties did in the survey.

Could that be the reason why the lefties claim they are more edu-ma-cated. People generally exaggerate their stats on surveys anyhow. Especially behind the anonymity of the internet.

So I have a better interpretation:

Political extremeism = immaturity

regardless of the age group!

Or perhaps Carol Darr, director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet got it right:
It's a mark of their alienation" from other forms of media.

So the Blogosphere = Alien Nation?

Hmm...

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At 6:52 PM, Anonymous KC said...

I don't buy the results either. People tend to exaggerate behind the anonymity of the net.

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At 9:45 AM, Anonymous seth said...

I wasn't buying the research either. I know far too many bloggers that do not fit in those categories. I think education might be right, but not age and income...

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