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The Online Participation Divide


Hargittai, Eszter; Jennrich, Kaitlin (2016). The Online Participation Divide. In: Lloyd, Mark; Friedland, Lewis A.. The Communication Crisis in America, And How to Fix It. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 199-213.

Abstract

Women, members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and those of lower socioeconomic status tend to contribute to online conversations at lower levels. Such unequal participation then results in the underrepresentation of certain perspectives on the many user-generated content platforms that hundreds of millions of people peruse on a daily basis. Also, as more and more studies rely on automatically generated log data, or so-called “big data,” from such sites to study social behavior, the perspectives of people not participating on sites are also less likely to show up in an increasing number of scientific studies that may then form the basis of policy interventions.

Abstract

Women, members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and those of lower socioeconomic status tend to contribute to online conversations at lower levels. Such unequal participation then results in the underrepresentation of certain perspectives on the many user-generated content platforms that hundreds of millions of people peruse on a daily basis. Also, as more and more studies rely on automatically generated log data, or so-called “big data,” from such sites to study social behavior, the perspectives of people not participating on sites are also less likely to show up in an increasing number of scientific studies that may then form the basis of policy interventions.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:28 October 2016
Deposited On:20 Feb 2018 14:58
Last Modified:13 Apr 2018 11:35
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN:978-1-349-94925-0
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-349-94925-0_13

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