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On the road to #rp12: Synchronised yet unlinked #ACTA blogging in Europe

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“We can maintain a European public if we observe synchronicity and issue convergence across national publics as well as political resonance on the part of supra-national decision-makers.” (Seifert 2006) On 27 March 2012, the International Trade (INTA) committee voted against a referral of ACTA to the EU Court to instead vote on it right away […]

On the road to #rp12: European blogging in Italy

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In 2009, Italian blogger Luca Conti said in an interview that he was “afraid a European blogosphere will remain a dream” because news markets were mainly national and participation in European Parliament elections were low: Now, that was 3 years ago. In the interview, he mentioned the platform Liquida as a possible starting point to discover […]

On the road to #rp12: Und wenn es doch eine europäische Blogosphäre gibt?

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Ich schreib diesen Post einfach mal auf Deutsch. Die letzten 1 1/2 Jahre gab es hier auf Polscieu (aka Politikwissenschaft & EU) nur englische Blogbeiträge, aber da ich meinen Vortrag auf der re:publica 12 auch auf Deutsch halten werde und sowieso viel zu viel auf Englisch über europäische Themen gebloggt wird, erlaube ich mir mal diesen kleinen […]

Hugh’s Fish Fight and live streaming statistics of the EU Council

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Two weeks ago, I wrote “Hugh’s Fish Fight or: The blind spot of the EU social media gurus“. As you may know, I am doing my academic research on information flows in EU policy-making and so I was interested whether a campaign like Hugh’s Fish Fight would also have any effect on the attention to […]

Preparing the #rp12: Search in the multilingual Euroblogosphere (edited)

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I will be speaking about the European blogosphere on the re:Unite track of the re:publica conference in Berlin in early May. In preparation, I can draw on the ongoing discussion about Euroblogging here on this and other blogs, but I am also doing some additional empirical research. One of the hypothetical and real questions that such research faces is how to find […]

Hugh’s Fish Fight or: The blind spot of the EU social media gurus

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The European Parliament has about 370,000 fans on Facebook. Hugh’ Fish Fight campaign has 238,000. The English language Twitter account of the European Parliament has 10,250 followers. Herman van Rompuy has 51,000. Hugh’s Fish fight has almost 30,000. The main campaign video of the campaign has been seen almost 300,000 times since the end of […]

Discussing EU blogging and the unlinked EU blogosphere

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My post on “The unlinked EU blogosphere” that I wrote as a complement to my post “On the state of EU blogging” has seen some follow-up in the last 9 days, so let’s take stock. First, the new Bruegel blog used the occasion to proclaim that Europeans can’t blog. To make their point a little […]

Polished academic blogging on the EUROPP blog

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“We have no editorial ‘line’ except a commitment to communicating social science research and commentary in ways that enhance public debate and understanding.” (About, LSE EUROPP blog) Yesterday, a blog post of mine was published on the LSE EUROPP blog. I had proposed the title “On the State of EU Blogging” – a bit bold […]

2012: The year in which the Commission realised the existence of online social networks

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The following are quotes from the Commission meeting minutes of 22 February 2012 from their debate about ACTA: “[Reding] concluded by highlighting the rising influence of social networks on the Internet and the need for the Commission to take account of this in its communication policy and in dealing with various dossiers. Instructions had already been given to the […]

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