Research Note: The White Picket Fence


The world wide web is an open platform where anybody can create a page using the standard hypertext markup language and users are free to move across locations on the web and visit any other site without restrictions. Openness and equality, which guided the early web, was lost in its later years to walled gardens which eventually fell. Now openness is being sacrificed again, not to the extent of the early walled gardens but to their successors, the social networks who have erected their own walls directing users to see only selected and ranked content.


Joshua Altman

Georgetown University


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Altman, Joshua. 2012. “The White Picket Fence,” Electronic Media & Politics, 1 (7): 113-118