[Air-L] political web sites

live human.factor.one at gmail.com
Wed Feb 3 10:47:42 PST 2010

Interesting topic, and while I'm sure you could find many case  
studies, I might suggest the U.S. president candidate Barack Obama's  
website and whole digital presence. He went on to eventually win the  
presidency, and I think his digital footprint had a lot to do with the  
win; very specific linguistics where used, very specific colour  
schemas and content shapes were used, as was the user experience very  
specific to the candidate. I could probably get you all the user data  
from the Obama iPhone application and point you who to talk to about  
their campaign website, if you wanted this set of information.

On Feb 3, 2010, at 6:12 AM, anna wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am doing my research in the field of political studies. My first  
> project was the analysis of language in a BBC forum using  
> concordance and statistical programs. Having done that, I am now  
> starting a new project which is going to be bigger and which is to  
> result in a PhD thesis. As I still want to be in this field, I am  
> thinking about analyzing political web sites, i.e. it can be  
> official sites of presidents, political parties, etc. It would be  
> interesting to see how these sites are constructed, what language is  
> used there, and how the "ideology" of a party/politician is  
> transmitted through these sites. I am not sure if I have been clear  
> about my idea, but I would love to get your feedback and/or  
> experience in doing similar research. Also, if you think that this  
> idea isn´t worth working, tell me that! I am more than open for any  
> kind of public opinion at this period of my research life!
> Thank you very much,
> Anna Ivanova
> PhD Candidate, University of Seville, Spain
> ivanova.re at gmail.com

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