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Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy

Author: Siva Vaidhyanathan
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
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"If you wanted to build a machine that would distribute propaganda to millions of people, distract them from important issues, energize hatred and bigotry, erode social trust, undermine respectable journalism, foster doubts about science, and engage in massive surveillance all at once, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Of course, none of that was part of the plan. In Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan  Read more...
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Vaidhyanathan, Siva.
Antisocial media.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2018020847
(OCoLC)1033549342
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Siva Vaidhyanathan
ISBN: 9780190841164 0190841168
OCLC Number: 1033578153
Description: 276 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The problem with Facebook is Facebook --
The pleasure machine --
The surveillance machine --
The attention machine --
The benevolence machine --
The protest machine --
The politics machine --
The disinformation machine --
Conclusion: The nonsense machine.
Other Titles: Anti-social media
How Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy
Responsibility: Siva Vaidhyanathan.

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Antisocial Media, is the path-breaking initial step toward understanding how social media is quickly undermining not only centuries of democratic progress, but civil society itself.  Read more...

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