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Bourdieu's field theory suggests that the rise of the Internet and blogs could generate a shift in the journalistic field – the realm where actors struggle for autonomy – as new agents gain access. This textual analysis of 282 items of media criticism appearing on highly-trafficked blogs reveals an emphasis on traditional journalistic norms, suggesting a stable field. Occasional criticisms of the practicability of traditional norms and calls for greater transparency, however, may suggest an emerging paradigm shift.

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This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at Journalism, published by SAGE. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1177/1464884911421705

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