Is the Nigerian Blogosphere a Change Vessel or an Echo Chamber?

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By Nwachukwu Egbunike

The internet is a neutral tool but the users are not: they might be fair and balanced or obnoxiously biased. And the Nigerian blogosphere is no exception to this rule. Consequently, it is given that there exists – in some cases – a Janus-like existence between online and offline media.

It takes neither rocket science nor a diviner’s globe to state that the netizen is first and foremost human. As such the identity, bias or both that a netizen expresses on issues in the blogosphere was formed apriori offline. This does not mean that new habits cannot be acquired online, nonetheless, the greater part of our digital footprints are forged not online but entrenched in reality.

In simple terms, it may have been easier to investigate this parallelism between new and old media. But the truth is that it is not that simplistic. For the new media…

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