The Full Wiki

More info on Cyberbalkanization

Cyberbalkanization: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Cyberbalkanization refers to the division of the world wide web into sub-groups with specific interests, to the extent that a sub-group's members almost always use the web to communicate or read material that is only of interest to the rest of the sub-group. It is sometimes hyphenated as cyber-balkanization.

Many claim that the term was first used in an MIT paper by Marshall Van Alstyne and Erik Brynjolfsson that was published in early 1997.[1]



The term is a hybrid of:

  • (The) Balkans, a part of Europe that was historically subdivided by languages, religions and cultures.


Cyberbalkanization occurs when members of specific interest groups tend to use the internet to exclude views that contradict their cherished beliefs and theories. Commentators like Aleks Krotoski consider that Jihadist groups often use the internet in this way.[2]

See also

Internet meme



Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address