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Owing to the spectacular currency of information and communication technologies, the diffusion of innovations has become one of the most exciting research topics in the social sciences in the past decade. This study gives an account of the most basic types of growth functions, and then inspects the broad applications of this diffusion of technological innovations. The second half of the study surveys the endeavors which seek to apply the use of growth functions to the broadest possible areas of social change via the long waves of economic development and logistic substitution processes.

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Evergreens, sensations and the rest

A quantitative analysis of dynamics of news articles on domestic politics

Review of Sociology
Nikos Fokas

This study investigated the temporal dynamics of articles in connection with ‘lies’ which appeared in Hungarian dailies Népszabadság and Magyar Nemzet during a several year long time period. We targeted to reveal how the press reacted to Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány speech, when he said that they had lied throughout his term in office. We present a typology of media dynamics based on our previous results of investigating the same dailies and certain analytical procedures, which arise from the literature about of diffusion of innovations. Having reviewed the possible typology of media dynamics we return to the dynamic analysis of the topic of ‘lying’ or ‘lies’. One of the main results was, that from an “evergreen” ‘lying’ turned into a “sensation-based” topic in the fall of 2006, and the prime minister’s leaked speech was this sensation.

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