Internet Information and Communication Behavior during a Political Moment: The Iraq War, March 2003

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Title:
Internet Information and Communication Behavior during a Political Moment: The Iraq War, March 2003
Author:
Robbin, Alice; Buente, Wayne
Citation:
Internet Information and Communication Behavior during a Political Moment: The Iraq War, March 2003 2008,
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105527
Submitted date:
2008-06-03
Abstract:
This article explores the Internet as a resource for political information and communication in March 2003, when American troops were first sent to Iraq, offering us a unique setting of political context, information use, and technology. Employing a national survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life project. We examine the political information behavior of the Internet respondents through an exploratory factor analysis; analyze the effects of personal demographic attributes and political attitudes, traditional and new media use, and technology on online behavior through multiple regression analysis; and assess the online political information and communication behavior of supporters and dissenters of the Iraq War. The factor analysis suggests four factors: activism, support, information seeking, and communication. The regression analysis indicates that gender, political attitudes and beliefs, motivation, traditional media consumption, perceptions of bias in the media, and computer experience and use predict online political information behavior, although the effects of these variables differ for the four factors. The information and communication behavior of supporters and dissenters of the Iraq War differed significantly. We conclude with a brief discussion of the value of "interdisciplinary poaching" for advancing the study of Internet information practices.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Sociology; Information Science; Government Information; Communications; Internet; Social Informatics
Local subject classification:
Political information behavior; Internet; Iraq war; Information use; Communication behavior

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRobbin, Aliceen_US
dc.contributor.authorBuente, Wayneen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-03T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:26:56Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.date.submitted2008-06-03en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternet Information and Communication Behavior during a Political Moment: The Iraq War, March 2003 2008,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105527-
dc.description.abstractThis article explores the Internet as a resource for political information and communication in March 2003, when American troops were first sent to Iraq, offering us a unique setting of political context, information use, and technology. Employing a national survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life project. We examine the political information behavior of the Internet respondents through an exploratory factor analysis; analyze the effects of personal demographic attributes and political attitudes, traditional and new media use, and technology on online behavior through multiple regression analysis; and assess the online political information and communication behavior of supporters and dissenters of the Iraq War. The factor analysis suggests four factors: activism, support, information seeking, and communication. The regression analysis indicates that gender, political attitudes and beliefs, motivation, traditional media consumption, perceptions of bias in the media, and computer experience and use predict online political information behavior, although the effects of these variables differ for the four factors. The information and communication behavior of supporters and dissenters of the Iraq War differed significantly. We conclude with a brief discussion of the value of "interdisciplinary poaching" for advancing the study of Internet information practices.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectInformation Scienceen_US
dc.subjectGovernment Informationen_US
dc.subjectCommunicationsen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectSocial Informaticsen_US
dc.subject.otherPolitical information behavioren_US
dc.subject.otherInterneten_US
dc.subject.otherIraq waren_US
dc.subject.otherInformation useen_US
dc.subject.otherCommunication behavioren_US
dc.titleInternet Information and Communication Behavior during a Political Moment: The Iraq War, March 2003en_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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