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The digital production gap: The digital divide and Web 2.0 collide

Jen Schradie

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How does class intersect with claims of digital democracy? Most digital inequality research focuses on digital consumption or participation, but this study uses a production lens to examine who is creating digital content for the public sphere. My results point to a class-based gap among producers of online content. A critical mechanism of this inequality is control of digital tools and an elite Internet-in-practice and information habitus to use the Internet. Using survey data of American adults, I apply a logit analysis of 10 production activities—from Web sites and blogs to discussion forums and social media sites. Even among people who are already online, a digital production gap challenges theories that the Internet creates an egalitarian public sphere. Instead, digital production inequality suggests that elite voices still dominate in the new digital commons.
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hal-03821539 , version 1 (20-10-2022)

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Jen Schradie. The digital production gap: The digital divide and Web 2.0 collide. Poetics, 2011, 39 (2), pp.145-168. ⟨10.1016/j.poetic.2011.02.003⟩. ⟨hal-03821539⟩

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