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Myth of Digital Democracy

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ISBN-10: 0691138680

ISBN-13: 9780691138688

Edition: 2009

Authors: Matthew Hindman

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Is the Internet democratizing American politics? Do political Web sites and blogs mobilize inactive citizens and make the public sphere more inclusive?The Myth of Digital Democracyreveals that, contrary to popular belief, the Internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers a small set of elites--some new, but most familiar. 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…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.88" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Matthew Hindman is assistant professor of political science at Arizona State University.

List of Illustrations
The Internet and the ""Democratization"" of Politics
Democratization and Political Voice
A Different Critique
Gatekeeping, Filtering, and Infrastructure
The Difference between Speaking and Being Heard
The Lessons of Howard Dean
The Liberal Medium?
""Big Mo'"" Meets the Internet
The Internet and the Infrastructure of Politics
The End of the Beginning
""Googlearchy"": The Link Structure of Political Web Site