Monday, May 30, 2005

To Do: Put Cass Sunstein's Theories to the Test.

In his book Republic.com, the University of Chicago's Cass Sunstein frets that the internet will lead to the fragmenting of political discourse - a dark distopia where we only read the news sources that align with our politics, or share our opinions with those who agree with us. Slate brought to my attention a posting from Crooked Timber where they put together a little empirical analysis of popular political blogs to test out Sunstein's theory.

"Overall, it would be incorrect to conclude that liberal bloggers are ignoring conservative bloggers or vice versa. Certainly, liberal bloggers are more likely to address liberal bloggers and conservative bloggers are more likely to link to conservative bloggers. But people from both groups are certainly reading across the ideological divide to some extent."
I hope Cass will be sleeping better now.