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This book brings interesting data, but its analysis seems lacking
on June 2, 2014
Hindman's research brings solid data that describes web traffic and voice distribution. Yet his conclusions sometimes seem predetermined. Does the dispersion of voice among a multitude of small blogs proves that they are irrelevant? Or does it prove that voice is indeed distributed? It seems that Hindman is measuring the new media according to old media logic. He ignores outlets that reach less than 1% of the readers and uses this as proof that big outlets still dominate the market, even though he himself acknowledges that they cover only 20% of the readership, and that if we are to under stand the reading habits of the top 50% of readers (top as in reading the top read websites) we have to widen our view to include the top 500(!) outlets. One cannot ignore the feeling that Hindman had a certain conclusion in his mind before writing this book, and that his interpretation of the data is somewhat biased due to that. Still, it is an interesting book for whoever is looking for a simple review of current trends in online political participation.