The Digital Activism Gap: How Class and Costs Shape Online Collective Action

Here's a useful academic paper from researcher Jen Schradie that finds a digital divide among activists. You'd think free tools like Facebook and Twitter would empower groups with fewer financial resources, but Schradie's study finds that isn't the case. From the abstract:

In-depth interviews and ethnographic observations reveal that the mechanisms of this digital activism gap are organizational resources, along with individual disparities in access, skills, empowerment and time. These factors create high costs of online participation for working-class groups. Rather than reduced costs equalizing online participation, substantial costs contribute to digital activism inequality.


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