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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Tom from my iPad, which i love dearly Reply. The book is useful but his argument is weakened by some in my opinion poor assumptions. Instead, it preserves the patterns of concentrated control that have existed in the media for decades. The author examines the idea that the Internet leads to a broadening of political discourse and gives new voice to individuals who have not been part of the discussion in the past.
In Voice and Equality, for example, Verba, Schlozman, and Brady argue that differences in political resources result in a systematic distortion in the hinrman preferences of the public, and that this distortion favors traditionally privileged groups and those with conservative views. Plus the Internet can increase less participative enablers for democracy like transparency….
Exactly — the whole oc of the book is just too narrow — though at least it was a detailed analysis.
Books by Matthew Hindman. Hi Peter — glad you liked it! That being said, Hindman convincingly shows that the blogosphere is divital 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 traditional media counterparts. Hindman studied the political blogosphere. Hindman’s book did not get a lot of press. Aeden rated it really liked it Nov 20, My belief is that in an otherwise stable world, views would be different now, with rampant use of social media etc, just for starters.
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. I’m not sure Hindman meant to be thr so fatalistic but his research should still give us pause before we go running around talking about how empowered we are by the digital age.
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 myth in question which is central to idea of the internet as a tool for democratic renewal: He found that it does not. James rated it liked it Aug 06, Dec 02, Maria Paula Lorgia rated it liked it.
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:. What it comes down to is this: Perhaps we cannot afford to let go of yet another dream, to have yet another utopian island ruined – that hinddman to say, humanized – by reality.
I am a self-confessed gadget fiend hind,an 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.
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The Myth of Digital Democracy
A nice book about Hindman’s research into whether digital media is promoting democracy. Nov 16, Jeremy rated it really liked it.
The Internet’s successes at democratizing politics are real. And here is more of it: I am exploring tensions between formal and informal participation, online and offline engagement and generally trying out ways to get people engaged with democracy. We were all whipped into a frenzy of smaller, faster, more productive. 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.
Nancy rated it really liked it Feb 17, I am researcher trying to figure out if all this web 2.
The Myth of Digital Democracy by Matthew Hindman
There is no evidence for democratization in any way, and in fact, the Internet might actually be harmful digitxl the deliberative part of democracy. Well researched, even if some of his theories are a bit wonky.
However the myth busting starts here with the thought that:.
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