By Scott Farris
Because the 2012 presidential crusade starts off: Profiles of twelve males who've run for the presidency and misplaced, yet who, even in defeat, have had a better impression on American background than a lot of those that have served as president—from Henry Clay to Stephen Douglas, William Jennings Bryan to Al Gore—Plus, mini-profiles on 22 "honorable mentions."
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Units such as an actor’s Web presence must also reflect the potential for change over time by being situated in a particular temporal period. For instance, the Web presence of a political party might be appropriately specified by the particular week or month within an election cycle. The hyperlinked and multilevel nature of the Web makes the identification and demarcation of units of analysis a critical but difficult task, even within a Web sphere. Seemingly straightforward questions, such as what constitutes a Web site and from what or whose perspective (robot, browser, or human) that question will be framed, require careful consideration.
We conceptualize a Web sphere as not simply a collection of Web sites, but as a set of dynamically defined digital resources spanning multiple Web sites deemed relevant or related to a central event, concept, or theme. Although some of these resources may be hyperlinked to each other—and the presence (or absence) of links within a sphere may indicate some of its characteristics—links do not define the sphere. Rather, the boundaries of a Web sphere are generally delimited by a shared topical orientation across Web resources and a temporal framework.
Although some of these resources may be hyperlinked to each other—and the presence (or absence) of links within a sphere may indicate some of its characteristics—links do not define the sphere. Rather, the boundaries of a Web sphere are generally delimited by a shared topical orientation across Web resources and a temporal framework. An electoral Web sphere has a topical orientation toward the election and includes sites produced by actors with a role in the electoral arena, such as candidates, civic and advocacy groups, press organizations, citizens, and government bodies.