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A new study of the political blogosphere by researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society finds conservative blogs are more likely to employ hierarchical structures that highlight the work of one author, and include limited community participation. Liberal blogs, by contrast, are more likely to be participatory, and include more calls to political action.

Guest: Aaron Shaw, U.C. Berkeley

The big debates and legislation of our time, from health care to economic stimulus, appear to be fueling interest in online government information. The government and third parties have responded with a flood of new data. A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds four in 10 Internet users go online to get data about government spending and activities, while three in 10 use social media ad other tech tools the engage with the government.

Guest: Aaron Smith, Pew Internet

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