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March 28, 2005

Upsetting Dominant Link Patterns...

Chris Bowers writes:

MyDD :: Diversity and the Two Lefty Blogospheres: In the comments section, angry moderate made an observation that caught my attention:

If you remove Atrios, the left blogosphere is neatly divided into two mutually-linking spheres: the moderate/intellectual(academicky) types - Drum, DeLong, Yglesias, TPM, Tapped, Crocoked Timber - and the left activist types - Kos, MyDD, Digby, Left Coaster, Pandagon (only this one surprised me a bit). Even at the modest 5-link level, none of these blogs link to anyone on other side. They'd be completely unlinked communities if not for Atrios who has links to TPM and Tapped, but also Kos and Digby. I suppose no surprise since Atrios is an academic leftist activist type.

I checked the paper and found that while generally accurate, this statement is not entirely true, since Dailykos did in fact have link exchanges greater than five with both Political Animal and Mathew Yglesias. Still, it is more or less true.

But the fun thing about social science is that your subjects have minds of their own:

Daily Kos
MyDD
Digby
Left Coaster
Pandagon
Daily Kos
MyDD
Digby
Left Coaster
Pandagon
Daily Kos
MyDD
Digby
Left Coaster
Pandagon
Daily Kos
MyDD
Digby
Left Coaster
Pandagon
Daily Kos
MyDD
Digby
Left Coaster
Pandagon

Steve Gilliard
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Posted by DeLong at March 28, 2005 08:49 PM