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#republic : divided democracy in the age of social media

Author: Cass R Sunstein
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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 one another. It's also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cass R Sunstein
ISBN: 9780691180908 0691180903
OCLC Number: 1004928613
Description: xi, 316 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Contents: The daily me --
An analogy and an ideal --
Polzarization --
Cybercascades --
Social glue and spreading information --
Citizens --
What's regulation? A plea --
Freedom of speech --
Proposals --
Terrorism.com --
#Republic.
Other Titles: Republic
Hashtag Republic
Divided democracy in the age of social media
Responsibility: Cass R. Sunstein ; with a new afterword by the author.

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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 one another. 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, New York Times bestselling author Cass Sunstein shows how today's Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism--and what can be done about it. He proposes practical and legal changes to make the Internet friendlier to democratic deliberation, showing that #Republic need not be an ironic term. Rather, it can be a rallying cry for the kind of democracy that citizens of diverse societies need most.

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