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The Resource Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan

Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan

Label
Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy
Title
Antisocial media
Title remainder
how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy
Statement of responsibility
Siva Vaidhyanathan
Title variation
Anti-social media
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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, you would make something a lot like Facebook. Of course, none of that was part of the plan. In 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 make personal 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" has fostered 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. Facebook grew out of an ideological commitment to data-driven decision making and logical thinking. Its culture is explicitly tolerant of difference and dissent. Both its market orientation and its labor force are global. It preaches the power of connectivity to change lives for the better. Indeed, no company better represents the dream of a fully connected planet "sharing" words, ideas, and images, and no company has better leveraged those ideas into wealth and influence. Yet no company has contributed more to the global collapse of basic tenets of deliberation and democracy. Both authoritative and trenchant, Antisocial Media shows how Facebook's mission went so wrong." -- Publisher's description
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
302.23/1
Index
index present
LC call number
HM851
LC item number
.V345 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the problem with Facebook is Facebook -- The pleasure machine -- The surveillance machine -- The attention machine -- The benevolence machine -- The protest machine -- The politics machine -- The disinformation machine -- Conclusion: the nonsense machine
Control code
on1033578153
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780190841164
Lccn
2018005206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028301816
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1033578153
  • (OCoLC)1033578153
Label
Antisocial media : how Facebook disconnects us and undermines democracy, Siva Vaidhyanathan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the problem with Facebook is Facebook -- The pleasure machine -- The surveillance machine -- The attention machine -- The benevolence machine -- The protest machine -- The politics machine -- The disinformation machine -- Conclusion: the nonsense machine
Control code
on1033578153
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780190841164
Lccn
2018005206
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40028301816
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1033578153
  • (OCoLC)1033578153

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