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Social Media and Democracy

Author(s): Nathaniel Persily, Joshua A. Tucker

ISBN: 9781108812894
Publication Date: 1/9/2020
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback
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Over the last five years, widespread concern about the effects of social media on democracy has led to an explosion in research from different disciplines and corners of academia. This book is the first of its kind to take stock of this emerging multi-disciplinary field by synthesizing what we know, identifying what we do not know and obstacles to future research, and charting a course for the future inquiry. Chapters by leading scholars cover major topics – from disinformation to hate speech to political advertising – and situate recent developments in the context of key policy questions. In addition, the book canvasses existing reform proposals in order to address widely perceived threats that social media poses to democracy. This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.

  • First book of its kind to synthesize state of the field on social media and democracy
  • Provides tools and arguments to help advance the support and production of policy-relevant research
  • Brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to provide political, social, and technical perspectives
  • Addresses the misperceptions underpinning popular commentary and government regulation of Big Tech
  • This title is also available as Open Access on Cambridge Core