Duke University sociology professor Chris Bail, who also directs the Polarization Lab there, and has written Terrified; How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream, is virtually here this evening with his newest, Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing (Princeton University Press). Which would seem like a good thing to have happen.
"A pathbreaking book about how social media distorts our view of politics, polarization, and people, including those we define ourselves against. Breaking the Social Media Prism illuminates a path out of the echo chamber and offers new ways to see the world, going beyond the numbers to reveal the gap between the things we say online and the things we do in real life."—Eric Klinenberg.
"In this important and accessible book, Chris Bail shows that if you want to understand what's going on online, don't focus on people's exposure to information. Keep your eye on their quest for status and group identity. The book is rich with insights for anyone who uses social media and is essential reading for anyone who wants to improve our democracy."—Jonathan Haidt.
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