Three myths of digital media

James G. Webster*

*Corresponding author for this work

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6 Scopus citations


Accounts of our digital future, both optimistic and dystopian, are often founded on three myths: users are in charge, big data is neutral and people will opt to live in enclaves. This article describes and challenges those myths. As an alternative, it posits a dynamic model of the digital media marketplace in which users, media and metrics constantly interact. It concludes by arguing that the structural features of the marketplace play an important role in shaping crossmedia encounters and inviting readers to consider the power of media to reshape preferences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-361
Number of pages10
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2017


  • Audiences
  • big data
  • digital media
  • marketplace of attention
  • metrics
  • pull media
  • push media
  • users

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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