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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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Instead, it preserves the patterns of concentrated control that have existed in the media for decades.

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In Voice and Equality, for example, Verba, Schlozman, and Brady argue that differences in political resources result in a systematic distortion in the hlndman preferences of the public, and that this distortion favors traditionally privileged groups and those with conservative views. I am used to reading literature that champions the Internet as the tool of the people. The Myth of Digital Democracy. The book is useful but his argument is weakened by some in my opinion poor assumptions.

An engaging and thorough analysis of the alleged democratization of politics through the internet. These top bloggers have educational backgrounds that exceed those of professional columnists.

Or are you using it as a PDF reader? Daniel rated it liked it Jun 17, That being said, Hindman convincingly shows that the blogosphere is at least as “winner-take-all” as traditional media, and that the people who are running new media properties are as white, male, and well-educated as their traditi A nice book about Hindman’s research into whether digital media is promoting democracy.

Since it shifts power from the people to the best deliberators among them, deliberative democracy… appears to be in effect an aristocracy of intellectuals. Mike rated it really liked it Aug 14, Networked Individuals and the creation of elites June 30, 1 comment mythh. The Myth of Digital Democracy. Greg rated it really liked it May 21, And here is more digitql it: Perhaps we cannot afford to let go of yet another dream, to have yet another utopian island ruined – that is to say, humanized – by reality.


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 democrwcy human interactions, is bound to our inherent social values, is not devoid of evil, greed and deception, and does not fuel equality.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Quick round up of The Myth of Digital Democracy This post is a Dave Briggs appreciation post for two reasons — one is that I promised him I would read and blog about this book and I am a woman of my word and the other is that its thanks to him that I read it on my shiny new Kindle. Much of Matt’s data includes news and media site traffic, and the patterns that Matt found in the concentration of Internet traffic around elite sites and the phenomenon of the “missing middle” seem to be rather universal anyway.

His concept of the political is rather narrow, and could be expanded to include blogs and other media that provide critical commentary on social issues but do cover such traditional poli sci topics as governance, elections etc. If we are to take seriously the trickle up theory of online debate, we need to know who these ideas are hinxman up dejocracy. He finds that while the Internet has increased some forms of dugital participation and transformed the way interest groups and candidates organize, mobilize, and raise funds, elites eemocracy strongly shape how political material on the Web is presented and accessed.

In these accounts, the Internet is redistributing political influence; it democrxcy broadening the public sphere, increasing political participation, involving citizens in political activities that were previously closed to them, and challenging the democgacy of traditional elites.

Nov 21, Jeroen rated it really liked it. Matthew Hindman proves that, when it comes to certain cross sections of reporting, that is not really true.

A much-needed empirical study of many aspects of the Net’s effect on U.

Yuri rated it liked it Dugital 17, Paradoxically, the extreme ‘openness’ of the Internet has fueled the creation of new political elites. And here is more of it:. This post is a Dave Briggs appreciation post for two reasons — one is that I promised him I would read and blog about this book and I am a woman of my word and the other is that its thanks to him that I read it on my shiny new Kindle.


Apr 08, Sanni added it Shelves: Dec 02, Maria Paula Lorgia rated it liked it. PDFs are mainly good — and I like the way you can email them to yourself so its really easy to add content.

It is one thing if the top ten bloggers, who serve as filters for cigital rest of the blogosphere, come from relatively elite backgrounds.

However its extremely useful to look at his analysis in terms of the digital divide and where new forms of activisim are rubbing up against the old elites: Of the top ten blogs, eight are run by people who have attended an elite institution of higher education-either an Ivy League school, or a school of similar caliber like Digtal, Stanford University, or the University of Chicago.

The Myth of Digital Democracy

Internet use increased political knowledge among citizens already interested in politics, but had the opposite effect among the previously apathetic. Matthew Hindman argues that, though hundreds of thousands of Americans blog about politics, blogs receive only a miniscule portion of Web traffic, and most blog readership goes to a handful of mainstream, highly educated professionals.

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.

Nov 16, Jeremy rated it really liked it. Sites with lots of inbound links should be easy to find; sites with few inlinks should require more time and more skill to discover. Jonathan Crossley rated it it was amazing Aug 16, 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.

At least three of the ten bloggers-Marshall, Reynolds, and Drum-are the children of academics. Unwillingness to stick head up above parapet?