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Citation Information : Journal of Social Structure. Volume 10, Issue 1, Pages 1-29, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/joss-2019-052
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Published Online: 10-January-2020
This study examines global patterns of stability and change within six longitudinal samples of English-language weblogs (or “blogs”) during the 2004 U.S. Presidential election campaign. Using distance-based methodsofgraphcomparison, weexploretheevolutionoftheblog-blog citation networks for each sample during the period. In addition to describing the qualitative dynamics of the blog networks, we relate major campaign events (e.g., party political conventions and debates) to the observed pace of change. As we demonstrate, such events are associated with substantial diﬀerences in overall network volatility; moreover, volatility is also shown to have strong seasonal and endogenous components. Our ﬁndings suggest that external factors (both regular and episodic) may be important drivers of network dynamics.
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