Saturday, October 30, 2004

Do Internet Users Filter for Point of View More than Other People?

Not according to this study from the Pew Internet and American Life project, which says that "Wired Americans hear more points of view about candidates and other key issues than other citizens. They are not using the internet to screen ideas with which they disagree." I was surprised, but then asked myself why I should have been.

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Blogger Jono said...

I was surprised also when I looked at the report. I had been discussing the election with several of my friends and the same idea came up. That the Internet enabled people to find and spend more time reading views that coincided with their own was accepted amongst us pretty much without opposition (or data to back it up of course) The precise issue at hand was how the US had become so polarized as it is now in their views.

I find the study you linked to encouraging that at least Internet users may not be the ones being polarized. Nevertheless if the views being published are from one side or the other then, if the building of a personal opinion really is a social process, am I not more likely to pick a view like those published than one in between? Perhaps it's not just a case of getting people browsing more but getting people to post more personal views before the social process gets too far...

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