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Nam, Yoonjae, Lee, Yenn and Park, Han Woo (2013) 'Can web ecology provide a clearer understanding of people's information behavior during election campaigns?' Social Science Information, 52 (1). pp. 91-109.

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Abstract

This article examines the web ecology of the 2010 local elections in South Korea by using social science hyperlink analysis. The online networks of candidates were measured daily during the official campaign period. The results indicate that network dynamics among the candidates for education superintendent changed more rapidly as the campaign progressed than in the case of the mayoral candidates. However, the intensity of online networks for both campaigns was lower than for the country’s last presidential election, in 2007, suggesting that the web ecology of a given election is influenced by the perceived importance of the event and the general popularity of certain candidates. The results also suggest that producing and disseminating information, such as news articles, blog posts and tweets, reflects a more politically conscious action than referring to information via hyperlinks. Furthermore, the article sheds light on the ways in which hyperlink analysis serves as a research method for mining data for web ecology analysis, tracking political events at different points in time and illustrating the general landscape of electoral communication in cyberspace.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Student and Registry Services
ISSN: 05390184
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1177/0539018412466635
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2015 08:58
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/19748

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