Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Hindman, Matthew Scott, The myth of digital democracy / Matthew Hindman. p. cm. The Myth of Digital Democracy. Matthew Hindman . From law to public policy, democratic theory to party politics, interest in the Internet has begun from the. The Myth of Digital Democracy has 73 ratings and 11 reviews. Maru said: Mentioned in this excellent article in the NYT on the influence of the internet o.

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The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman

I am sure if we all think tbe hard we will be able to figure out something useful eventually!!! However, it would certainly be interesting to see data that tried to calibrate any change that has already happened. One thing strikes me, and that is that almost any book about the internet, and any demographics connected with hindma, are bindman of date the moment they are despatched to the printers.

He goes on to talk about the fact that this belief is also connected to an evolution of our democracy from a representative to a deliberative one. Fabio rated it really liked it Nov 10, Mike rated it really liked it Aug 14, Account Options Sign in. I’m not sure Hindman meant to be quite so mytb but his research should still give us pause before we go running around talking about how empowered we are by the digital age.

To expect this one layer of our society to undo all the inequalities of the whole world is indeed, very much, a utopia. Goldsmith Book Prize for Academic Even the skill set needed to educate yourself online needs to be handed to you in the old-fashioned, cold, hard, physical way.


Matthew Hindman proves that, when it comes to certain cross sections of reporting, that is not really true. Kent Jennings and Vicki Zeitner found that Internet use had little effect dsmocracy civic engagement.

Second, Googlearchy indicates that niche dominance should be a general rule of online life. All else being equal, sites with more links should receive more traffic.

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But what of the second- and third-tier bloggers? I am researcher trying to figure out if all this web 2.

Sites with lots of inbound links should be easy to find; cemocracy with few inlinks should require more time and more skill to discover. Instead, it preserves the patterns of concentrated control that have existed in the media for decades.

All in all — am delighted!! However — by failing to expand the scope to look at other forms of participation beyond blogging and by keeping such a narrow definition of political activism to exclude campaigning and civic involvement the book ultimately falls down for me in its analysis of the potential of digital democracy. The Internet’s successes at democratizing politics are real. Paradoxically, the extreme ‘openness’ of the Internet has fueled the creation of new political elites.

Judging by traffic, this challenge does not seem to be especially strong. Instead, it preserves the patterns of concentrated control that have existed in the media This book was a significant paradigm shift for me. Yet political sites remain a small niche amid the larger Web.

Trivia About The Myth of Digit So the specific claim here is that the Internet is increasing the volume of citizens talking to each other — which is a vital democratic activity particularly if they are talking to the people they disagree with. His dekocracy of the political is rather narrow, and could be expanded to include blogs and other media that provide critical commentary on social thhe but do cover such traditional poli sci topics as governance, elections etc.


Apr 08, Sanni added it Shelves: The audience is clear! Julio C rated it liked it Dec 01, Well researched, even if some of his theories are a bit wonky.

The Myth of Digital Democracy

He wanted to see if it does in fact democratize, as popular opinion would lead us to believe. Am assuming that this will be improved at some point. He shows how, despite the wealth of independent Web sites, online news audiences are concentrated on the top twenty outlets, and online organizing and fund-raising are dominated by a few powerful interest groups.

Hopes for the Internet were so high, that we cannot allow ourselves to admit that perhaps it does not measure up to its ambition, that perhaps the Internet, just as every other sphere of human interactions, is bound to our inherent social values, is not devoid of evil, greed and deception, and does not fuel equality. But he does highlight one big danger of political activism online being dominated by the highly articulate and educated bloggers:. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

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