Posts tagged: EU election

Digital Disconnect: Parties, Pollsters and Political Analysis in #GE2015

‘Congratulations to my friend @Messina2012 on his role in the resounding Conservative victory in Britain’ tweeted David Axelrod, campaign advisor to Miliband, to his former colleague Jim Messina, Cameron’s strategy adviser, on May 8th. The former was Obama’s communications director and the latter campaign manager of Obama’s 2012 campaign. Along with other consultants and advisors… Read More »

What does it mean to win a debate anyway?: Media Coverage of the Leaders’ Debates vs. Google Search Trends

Following the April 2nd Leaders’ Debate the media portrayed Nicola Sturgeon, the leader of the Scottish National Party, as the victor of the night, or at least a victor. “Cameron was robotic but Sturgeon impressed” ran a headline for one of The Guardian’s post-debate pieces. The headline for The Independent went even further, stating “’Can… Read More »

Media effect or media replacement?

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. Online political information seeking, at least in the data we’ve gathered so far, happens in short, concentrated bursts. When we began the project, I (JB) was hoping that these bursts would tell us something about how people inform themselves about contemporary democratic politics. However we quickly saw in our first post that the… Read More »

Outliers on the electoral information cycle

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. In the last post we looked at patterns of access to the Wikipedia article on the European Parliament election, 2009 identified an electoral information cycle which consists of a build up period, a peak of information seeking, and a period of decline. In 14 of the 19 language groups we looked at the dimensions of this… Read More »

When do people start getting interested in elections? The electoral information cycle

by Jonathan Bright and Taha Yasseri. When do people start getting interested in elections, and how does this differ in different countries? In this post we try to get a handle on this question looking at data drawn from Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a useful resource because it has editions in a huge variety of languages, even if… Read More »