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Faculty Forum: The Myth of Digital Democracy

The Myth of Digital Democracy

The Myth of Digital Democracy: Faculty Forum

Tuesday, October 29
2:35 p.m. in the Media Production Center

Please join us for a special SOC Faculty Forum with GW Professor Matt Hindman discussing his acclaimed book The Myth of Digital Democracy.

Dr. Hindman is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. His work focuses on political communication with a concentration in Internet politics.

The Myth of Digital Democracy, published by Princeton University Press, looks at the Internet's impact on American politics. Parts of the book present evidence that the Internet has indeed mobilized previously inactive citizens, and changed the way that campaigns and interest groups recruit, communicate, and raise funds. However, the book also uses several new data sources—Internet service provider traffic data, a three-million-Web page survey of link structure among political sites, a census of top bloggers, and systematic data on search engine usage—to show that online political messages are still created and filtered by a small set of elites and media institutions.

The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication. The Forum also features selected external speakers whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time. See the full Fall 2013 schedule here.