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Big Data and Democracy$
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Kevin Macnish and Jai Galliott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474463522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.001.0001

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Gated Communities of the Digitised Mind

Gated Communities of the Digitised Mind

(p.104) Seven Gated Communities of the Digitised Mind
Big Data and Democracy

Thorsten Brønholt

Edinburgh University Press

Brønholt here introduces the concept of gated communities of the digitised mind. These draw on the notions of echo chambers and filter bubbles to suggest that there are regions for at least some of us that function in the same way as a gated community in which we only mix with those least likely to challenge our views. He supports this argument with original analysis of 15 Danish politicians which summarises the results from semi-structured interviews with the respondents, and an analysis of their personal social media (Facebook and Twitter) feeds, as well as identical Google Searches on their private devices.

Keywords:   Echo Chambers, Facebook, Filter Bubbles, Google, Privacy, Social Media, Twitter

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