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Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media
Cass R. Sunstein

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"Recent events such as the unexpected rise of Donald Trump and the growth of partisan hatred have led many people to start taking the problem of political ignorance and bias more seriously than before. [This] important new book offer[s] insightful diagnoses and potential solutions for these dangers. . . . [It makes] important points and offer[s] valuable insights, particularly when it comes to the role of the internet and social media in our political environment. . . . [It is] essential reading for anyone interested in this pressing subject."--Ilya Somin, Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy

"America's leading legal academic gives us a way to address democracy's leading challenge--preserving a public informed enough to govern itself. Drawing on an incredible range of scholarship and experience, this book could not be more timely. Or urgently needed."--Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School


"What went wrong with social media and also with democracy? Here's the guy who saw it coming, and yes he does have all the answers."--Tyler Cowen, author of The Great Stagnation

"The Internet has surely enhanced our democracy, with greater access to information and fewer barriers to connecting with each other. However, we're seeing the opposite today with more narrow-minded online platforms and communities, as evidenced by the impact of fake news on this past election. #Republic pointedly captures the risks of the ongoing evolution of social media to our democratic ideals."--Stephanie Cutter, former Senior Aide to President Barack Obama and Partner, Precision Strategies

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