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Relationship between the participation in forums and blogs of political debate on the internet and the monitoring of political information in professional media: Evolutionary analysis 2011-2016

Ana Castillo-Díaz, Antonio Castillo-Esparcia


The possibilities offered by information and communication technologies have allowed many people to become political content creators. Often, the produced content is not based on information created by professionals. The objective of this work is to analyse the relationship between the monitoring of political information in professional media and the production of political content in non-professional media. The study performs a secondary analysis of the data obtained by applying the statistical method to surveys published by the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research (CIS, Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas) between 2011 and 2016. The results show that there is a strong relationship between the participation in blogs and forums of political debate and the use of the Internet to stay informed about politics. It has also been observed that there is an association between the creation of political content and the monitoring of political programs through the press, radio and television.

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