Members of Congress and Presentation of Self on the World Wide Web

Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 22-40, 2004

20 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2011

Date Written: November 3, 2003

Abstract

The Internet has become an important means by which members of Congress communicate with their constituents. Although a number of studies have examined the content and features of congressional Web sites,how members of Congress present themselves on the Web has yet to be addressed.A content analysis of the images displayed on the home pages of 100 senators and 244 House members who served in the 107th Congress reveals two distinct presentations: an "insider" style and an "outsider" style. The results vary, moreover, by chamber, seniority, gender, and race. Within each party, the most significant differences were by gender, with Democratic women the most likely to present themselves as outsiders and Republican women the most likely to present themselves as insiders.

Keywords: Internet, World Wide Web, Congress, gender, communication

Suggested Citation

Gulati, Girish, Members of Congress and Presentation of Self on the World Wide Web (November 3, 2003). Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 22-40, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1807548

Girish Gulati (Contact Author)

Bentley University ( email )

175 Forest Street
Waltham, MA 02145
United States

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