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HAVE YOU REDDIT? OBAMA WON! - The 2008 US presidential election campaigns' coverage on selected social news sites

HAVE YOU REDDIT? OBAMA WON! - The 2008 US presidential election campaigns' coverage on selected social news sites,András Szabó

HAVE YOU REDDIT? OBAMA WON! - The 2008 US presidential election campaigns' coverage on selected social news sites  
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The aim of this paper is to describe the role of social news websites in the political public sphere. It presents an analysis of the agenda and the sources of selected social news sites, focusing on reporting about the 2008 US presidential (pre-)election campaigns, and using the mainstream media output as a basis for comparison. The analysis uses the Habermasian model of two-track deliberative democracy as a theoretical background. Based on the analysis, this paper claims that social news websites, while promoting a democratic editorial process, are unlikely to become substitutes of the mainstream media - on which they strongly depend. However, social news websites also demonstrate considerable potential for providing citizen journalists - communicators outside the established media - with a real opportunity to compete for attention with the mainstream media.
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