Antisocial Media - How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy

Author(s): Siva Vaidhyanathan

Culture and Society

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, youwould make something a lot like Facebook. Of course, none of that was part of the plan. In this fully updated paperback edition of Antisocial Media, Siva Vaidhyanathan explains how Facebook devolved from an innocent social site hacked together by Harvard students into a force that, while it may makepersonal life just a little more pleasurable, makes democracy a lot more challenging. It's an account of the hubris of good intentions, a missionary spirit, and an ideology that sees computer code as the universal solvent for all human problems. And it's an indictment of how "social media" hasfostered the deterioration of democratic culture around the world, from facilitating Russian meddling in support of Trump's election to the exploitation of the platform by murderous authoritarians in Burma and the Philippines. Both authoritative and trenchant, Antisocial Media shows how Facebook'smission went so wrong.

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  • : 9780190056544
  • : Oxford University Press, Incorporated
  • : Oxford University Press, Incorporated
  • : October 2021
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  • : Siva Vaidhyanathan
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 302.231
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