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 This book was a significant paradigm shift for me. Jan 30, Vera rated it really liked it Shelves: No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman

Hindman’s de,ocracy did not get a lot of press. At least three of the ten bloggers-Marshall, Reynolds, and Drum-are the children of academics. The Myth of Digital Democracy. Mar 02, Maru Kun marked it as to-read.

Your email address will not be published. Nov 16, Jeremy rated it really liked it. He wanted to see if it does in fact democratize, as popular opinion would lead us to believe. Books by Matthew Ihndman. Jan 04, Kevin rated it liked it. The top bloggers may read more blogs than the average citizen, but their reading habits are likely also skewed toward popular blogs.

I actually deocracy 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. Lack of empowerement of backbenchers? Unwillingness to stick head up above parapet?

The Myth of Digital Democracy

These top bloggers have educational backgrounds that exceed those of professional columnists. Internet use increased political knowledge among citizens already interested in politics, but had the opposite effect among the previously apathetic.


The Myth of Digital Democracy. The Internet’s successes at democratizing politics are real.

The Myth of Digital Democracy reveals that, contrary digitaal popular belief, the Internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers What it comes down to is this: An engaging and thorough analysis of the alleged democratization of politics through the internet.

Hindman is looking to examine this underpinning belief that the internet is of necessity a democratising force in the world. Third, Googlearchy suggests that this dependence on links should make niche dominance self-perpetuating. I am a self-confessed gadget fiend but was hesitating about the Kindle as I am hoping Father Christmas brings me an iPad and having both seemed profligate even for the most techno lust driven individual. Tom from my iPad, which i love dearly Reply.

But he does highlight one big vigital of political activism online being dominated by the highly articulate and educated bloggers: All else being equal, sites with more links should receive more traffic. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. One of these is a dearth of gender and ethnic diversity. 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 to be optimism, because it is a new technology, more advanced than ever before.

In the areas this th examines, putting up a political Web site is usually equivalent to hosting a talk show on public access television at 3: However, it would certainly be interesting to see data democdacy tried to calibrate any change that has already happened.

All in all — am delighted!! 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.


Hindman tracks nearly three million Web pages, analyzing how their links are structured, how citizens search for political content, and how leading search engines like Google and Yahoo! Echo the comment about running to keep up with you, Catherine!

Goldsmith Book Prize for Academic This second definition of democratization presumes first and foremost that the technology will amplify the political voice of ordinary citizens.

Mentioned in this excellent article in the NYT on the influence of the internet on politics. Yuri rated it liked it May 17, PDFs are mainly good — and I like the way you can email them to yourself so its really easy to add content.

The claim of the title is definitely overstated, and the results are much more modest deciding whether or not “digital democracy” is a myth is beyond the scope of any single book. Refresh and try again.

Not really are they…. There is no evidence for democratization in any way, and in fact, the Internet might actually be harmful to the deliberative part of democracy. To expect this one layer of our society to undo all the inequalities of the whole world is indeed, very much, a utopia. I agree with you that this book gives itself too easy a target.