Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media
Princeton University Press
  • erschienen am 14. März 2017
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  • Hardcover
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  • 328 Seiten
978-0-691-17551-5 (ISBN)
As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It's no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other. It's also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit social media to deadly effect. Welcome to the age of #Republic. In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today's Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism--and what can be done about it.
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Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. His many books include the New York Times bestsellers Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler) and The World According to Star Wars. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Preface ix 1 The Daily Me 1 2 An Analogy And An Ideal 31 3 Polarization 59 4 Cybercascades 98 5 Social Glue And Spreading Information 137 6 Citizens 157 7 What's Regulation? A Plea 176 8 Freedom Of Speech 191 9 Proposals 213 10 Terrorism.com 234 11 #Republic 252 Acknowledgments 263 Notes 265 Index 287
"I ... found myself shocked at how relevant Sunstein's account was to my own life and the ways I seek out and encounter information, which is in a way the value of the book--it gets you to reflect on the role of your information habits on your view of the world around you. And if you want to know how important that is, well, you should read Sunstein's book."--Annie Coreno, Publishers Weekly (staff pick) "Sunstein argues convincingly that for deliberative democracy to work, citizens must be in a position to consider a range of options."--Angelia R Wilson, Times Higher Education "Required reading for anyone who is concerned with the future of democracy."--Economist "Ripped straight from the headlines, but informed by hard data, #Republic should command the attention of American citizens across the political spectrum."--Glenn C. Altschuler, Philadelphia Inquirer "With political polarisation on the rise, particular in the United States, [this book] couldn't come at a more important time."--Alex Dean, Prospect "An excellent assessment of how social psychology, technology, and politics are colliding to produce the extreme and polarized discourse that has come to dominate our contemporary political environment. Its accessible prose and clear organization make it a solid pick for political science courses as well as citizens who want to better understand how technology is changing the way we think and talk about politics in today's world."--Benjamin Knoll, New York Journal of Books "America's leading legal academic gives us a way to address democracy's leading challenge--preserving a public informed enough to govern itself. Drawing on an incredible range of scholarship and experience, this book could not be more timely. Or urgently needed."--Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

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