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 arguments for the buzz-worded democratization that is mostly mentioned is the inherent infrastructure and equality democracj the Web, but really, there was always going to be optimism, because it is a new technology, more advanced than ever before.

Hard to keep up with all your writing! 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.

But what of the second- and third-tier bloggers? Lack of empowerement of backbenchers?

The Myth of Digital Democracy

He finds that while the Internet has increased some forms of political participation and transformed the way interest groups and candidates organize, mobilize, and raise funds, elites still strongly shape how political material on the Web is presented and accessed.

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.

Mentioned in this excellent article in the NYT on the influence of the internet on politics. Paradoxically, the extreme ‘openness’ of the Internet has fueled the creation of new political elites.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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 democrcay 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.


I am researcher trying to figure out if all this web 2.

The real issue is that once again he is embedded in the idea that the potential of the internet is its potential to challenge traditional media — he is putting an old world analysis on the new world order. If the Internet is itself an important political resource-a hinmdan tool for political organizing, fund-raising, and information gathering-placing the new medium disproportionately in the hands of advantaged groups might perpetuate or even exacerbate a conservative bias in U.

Mauricio Santoro rated it liked it Dec 18, Yet the medium’s failure in this regard are less acknowledged hlndman ultimately just as profound.

Hindman consistently proves that the Web does not diversify political discourses by shifting power away from professional, political and technical elites; quite the opposite, jyth maintains traditional social hierarchies. It is one thing if the top ten bloggers, who serve as filters for the rest of the blogosphere, come from relatively elite backgrounds.

One of these is a dearth of gender and ethnic diversity. Not really are they…. However, it would certainly be interesting to see data that tried to calibrate any change that has already happened.

Hindman is looking to examine this underpinning belief that the internet is of necessity a democratising force in the world. Your email address will not be published. Nancy rated it really liked it Feb 17, Even the skill set needed to educate yourself online needs to be handed to you in the old-fashioned, cold, hard, physical way.

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Since it shifts power from the people to the best deliberators among them, deliberative democracy… appears to be in effect an aristocracy of intellectuals. November 12, by curiouscatherine 8 comments views on Literature reviewUncategorized.


The hope has been that the Internet would expand the public sphere, broadening both the range of ideas discussed and the number of citizens allowed to participate.

Return to Book Page. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Apr 20, Katrinka rated it really liked it. For every clearly defined group of Web sites, a small portion of the group should receive most of the links and most of the traffic. A nice book about Hindman’s research into whether digital media is promoting democracy.

One thing strikes me, and that is that almost any book about the internet, and any demographics connected with it, are out of date the moment they are despatched to the printers. And there are lessons to be learned within these pages not just for politicians and political scientists but also for journalists and other media professionals. O are mainly good — and I like the way you can email them to yourself so its really easy to add content. The arguments for the buzz-worded democratization that is mostly mentioned is the inherent infrastructure and equality of the Web, but really, there was always going The plastic utopianism of Silicon Valley has been a nice current of bits surrounding us for the past couple of decades.

Much of Matt’s data includes news and media site traffic, and the patterns that Matt found in the concentration of Internet traffic around democrracy sites and I actually finished Matt’s book a while back, but I wanted to note that it successfully challenges the conventional wisdom on how the Internet has changed communications and democracy.