Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Mubarak Resigns: Assessing the Quality of Readers’ Comments in Online Quality Media

Javier Díaz Noci


“Since 2002, ‘participation’ has become a key idea in understanding and promoting the internet” (Salles, 2010: 8). To which extent are we in front of an ongoing new form of news discourse, “towards a model for dyadic communication” (O’Keeffe, 2006: 15) which involves a more complex, two-way flow relation between the author of a text and its reader? The comments on the news seems to not help the development of a genuine democratic dialogue, but, at the same time, there are moderation models which are forming real debate communities. In this occasion, as a continuation of our ongoing research project,1we present the results of both the first and of the second wave of analysis, in which comments of five online quality newspapers (The Guardian, The New York Times, El País, La Repubblica and Le Monde) are considered. In order to compare the differences, we have chosen a similar news item: how those media informed about Egypt president Hosni Mubarak’s resignation, as published while it was happening in the evening of February 11, 2011.

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ISSN paper: 1138-3305. ISSN electrònic: 2340-5007

Facultat de Comunicació Blanquerna. Universitat Ramon Llull.