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On Political Epunditry

Duff, Alistair S.


Alistair S. Duff


The article develops the concept of ePunditry, a putative new lens through which to view the work of political blogging and associated digital modes. It starts by describing three conceptual frameworks which appear highly relevant: the information society thesis, the idea of the fifth estate and its relationship with the fourth, and the Habermasian ideal of deliberative democracy. The empirical content of the inquiry comprises interviews with twenty-seven political bloggers, ranging from celebrated figures such as Guido Fawkes and Iain Dale to lesser-known, arguably heroic practitioners working as far afield as Lebanon and Trinidad. The article evaluates their responses, where possible mapping these onto the conceptual frameworks, for example by showing their contribution to an activist form of democratic politics. It is concluded that ePunditry represents a useful new construct for journalism studies.


Duff, A. S. (2018). On Political Epunditry. Journalism Studies, 19(10), 1507-1525.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 4, 2017
Online Publication Date Feb 2, 2017
Publication Date 2018
Deposit Date Feb 9, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2018
Journal Journalism Studies
Print ISSN 1461-670X
Electronic ISSN 1469-9699
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 10
Pages 1507-1525
Keywords deliberative democracy, epunditry, fifth estate, information society, opinion
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