Since its entrance in Egypt, blogs have had a powerful effect on the political, social, and economic aspects in Egypt. To be able to measure those effects, it is important to know the intentions of those Egyptian bloggers. This study applies the uses and gratifications theoretical framework to this notion of blogging. As it is based on a survey which attempts to examine and explore the different uses and gratifications of blogging in Egypt. This involves why different people with different demographic characteristics actually decide to blog and what needs they seek to gratify. Independent variables studied were age, gender, level of education and level of trust in government.

The study showed the general usage pattern of blog, in addition to the usage pattern of blog tools such as hyperlinks and feedback mechanisms. Also, the study was able to find out that political surveillance self expression and social surveillance were the main motivators behind blogging.


School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Journalism & Mass Communication Department

Degree Name

MA in Journalism & Mass Communication

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2008

Online Submission Date


First Advisor

Kevin L. Keenan

Committee Member 1

Naila Hamdy

Committee Member 2

Hassan Ragab

Document Type



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Call Number

Thesis 2008/47