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A Digital Democracy Debate: Sifry vs Hindman at Yale

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, November 2 2009

If you're anywhere in the vicinity of New Haven, CT, tomorrow night, you can come hear me and political scientist Matthew Hindman engage in a "Digital Democracy Debate" at Yale Law School. It's a special session of the Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholar Working Group, from 6:00-8:30pm; details here.

Hindman is the author of the 2009 book, "The Myth of Digital Democracy," which argues that "the internet has done little to broaden political discourse but in fact empowers a small set of elites--some new, but most familiar." I don't want to completely tip my hand (though if you've been reading this blog for any period of time, you know I disagree with this conclusion), but my general feeling is that while Hindman raises some important questions and helps put internet political behavior into a larger and illuminating context, he also mistakes a few trees for the whole forest. Those mistakes include...well, you'll have to come to the event to hear my critique (though I will post my notes after the event is over).

Of course, if you want to chime in with your own take on Hindman and his book, the comments thread is open below...