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Terra cognita

There’s an interesting map application at Presidential Watch ’08 depicting the relationship between websites and their role in shaping Presidential campaign. A screenshot of the map is shown below. The map allows you to click on an individual website and see a visual representation of its links. The map is divided into left and right halves, with the MSM depicted in between. As you would expect, sites on one side of the political divide are mostly quoted by sites on the same side. But, a number of websites have “crossover” authority. For example, the Volokh Conspiracy has fans on the Left.

It’s these “crossover” sites which provide the vector for moving ideas from one side of the divide to the other. As long as these “crossover” sites exist, then the blogosphere will never completely break up into tribes.

Map of the blogosphere


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