January 17, 2011

Myth of Digital Democracy

Is the Internet democratizing American politics? Intuition would say “Yes”, but the author argues that, after analyzing 3 million sites and blogs, only a small handful actually guide the opinions of the American people. Sites that drive viewers to popular outlets effectively limit the exposure of Americans to news and views. Blog readership is mostly within a limited demographic range, and only a few powerful interest groups continue to dominate fund-raising activities—even online ones. These statistics debunk the popular idea that the Internet promotes a wider expression of thought. They indicate that top sites like Yahoo and Google continue to control the way in which ordinary citizens think and vote.

This book can be found in HECSA Library:
Myth of Digital Democracy
Matthew Hindman
JK 1764 .H56 2009