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Referencing Trustworthy Sources of Information: An Analysis of the Hyperlink Structure among Bloggers

Yoann Veny
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Yoann Veny
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract

Social media have blurred the frontier between expert citizens, profanes, journalists, ‘traditional’ media and ‘alternative’ media. Our study of the hyperlink structure of a hundred Belgian French speaking political bloggers shows that bloggers seems to be catch in a dilemma where they clearly identify their allies and community members among other bloggers and in the same time concentrate their attention on ‘traditional’ media as the most preponderant source of information considered as legitimate. Our study has also methodological implication especially regarding sampling of blogs and the automation of hyperlink retrieval and analysis.