The Rise of the Catosfera

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From a paper authored by Josep Sort, submitted to the Politics Web 2.0: International Conference, held at University of London, in April 2008

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The Rise of the Catosfera

  1. 1. Politics Web 2.0 An International Conference University of London April 17-18, 2008 The Rise of the Catosfera A case study of Catalan Blogosphere Josep Sort, PhD Universitat Ramon Llull
  2. 2. Definition <ul><li>Catosfera: </li></ul><ul><li>“ refers to the set of all the blogs written in Catalan and to the virtual community that exists around these blogs, including those people who post articles, those who read them and those who comment them ” </li></ul><ul><li>First proposed by Toni Ibanez, </li></ul><ul><li>http://trosdequoniam.blogspot. com </li></ul><ul><li>Entry “Qualitat”, posted on 06.01.2005 at 11.40 am </li></ul><ul><li>a </li></ul>
  3. 3. Catalan Language <ul><li>6,6 native Catalan speakers </li></ul><ul><li>9,5 total Catalan speakers </li></ul><ul><li>9,4 Read Catalan </li></ul><ul><li>6,1 Write Catalan </li></ul><ul><li>88-92 World Language Ranking (different sources) </li></ul><ul><li>28-30 World Language presence in Internet (idem) </li></ul><ul><li>Spoken in 4 European States (Spain, France, Italy and Andorra) </li></ul><ul><li>Only in Andorra is official (Constitution 1993). No memeber of EU. </li></ul><ul><li>No EU official recognition, even though has more speakers than other official european languages. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Main elements of Catosfera <ul><li>A substitution role (no referential media) </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticity (Arianna Huffington) </li></ul><ul><li>Emulation </li></ul><ul><li>Hostile Media Perception (HMP) against mainstream media </li></ul>
  5. 5. Evolution of Catosfera <ul><li>2002-03, Origins of Catosfera </li></ul><ul><li>2005, appears Catosfera, concept </li></ul><ul><li>2005-06 (first half), The rise of the Catosfera </li></ul><ul><li>2006 (second half)-07, A certain slowdown </li></ul><ul><li>2008, Jornades de la Catosfera (January). Maturity? </li></ul><ul><li>2009-10 What about the future? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Topics <ul><li>Hiperpolitisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thematic inequality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Organic versus Free bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>Bloggers vs Journalism: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competition vs Collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A simbiotic relation, they need each other, complement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other more recent digitals tools, Threats? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You Tube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks (Facebook, MySpace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul></ul>

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