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Breaking the social media prism : how to make our platforms less polarizing / Chris Bail.

Bail, Christopher, (author.).

Available copies

  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Hussey-Mayfield Mem. PL - Zionsville 302.231 BAIL (Text) 33946003680365 New Books . 2nd Floor Available -
Princeton PL - Princeton 302.231 Bai (Text) 30890000764991 New Adult Non-Fiction Upper level Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780691203423
  • ISBN: 0691203423
  • Physical Description: vii, 232 pages ; 23 cm
  • Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2021].

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The legend of the echo chamber -- Why not break our echo chambers? -- What happens when we break them? -- The social media prism -- How the prism drives extremism -- How the prism mutes moderates -- Should I delete my account -- Hacking the prism -- A better social media.
Summary, etc.:
"A data-driven explanation of the relationship between social media and political tribalism, along with an agenda for envisioning what more enlightened social media may look like. Bail argues that, while we've grown accustomed to the idea that social media platforms create a downward spiral of incivility, this notion obscures the deeper truth that users are the problem - not stuck in an all-powerful system that subconsciously shapes our views. Bail states that most people treat social media like a giant mirror that we use to understand ourselves and those around us. In reality, he argues, it functions more like a prism that reflects and refracts our identities, distorting our understanding of ourselves and each other. As our political behavior changes in predictable ways over time, we move on a contiuum toward outspoken extremism or silence. The book will build on online experiments, original surveys, and in-depth interviews with social media users gathered from Bail's Polarization Lab at Duke. At the heart of it, he argues, lies a new way to comprehend social media, and he proposes grassroot ways to put ideas before identities and to gently disrupt the status quo with behavioral nudges to combat polarization" --Provided by publisher.
Subject: Social media.
Social media and society.

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