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Study: Bloggers’ reasons for writing change over time

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While political bloggers were initially inspired to post their thoughts online as a way to help them blow off steam or articulate new ideas, over time they’re driven to blog by a desire to influence mainstream media or public opinion, according to research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers Brian Ekdale, Kang Namkoong and Timothy K.F. Fung, graduate students from UW-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and David D. Perlmutter of the University of Iowa, surveyed 66 of the…

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