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Sunday, April 2 at 3pm - Cass Sunstein presents "#Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media"

Cass Sunstein c. Phil FarnsworthPlease join us on Sunday, April 2 at 3pm, when Cass Sunstein presents his new work, #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media.

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. His many books include the New York Times bestsellers Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler) and The World According to Star Wars. He lives in Massachusetts.


photo credit: Phil Farnsworth

Event date: 
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event address: 
The Concord Bookshop
65 Main Street
Concord, MA 01742
#republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media Cover Image
By Cass R. Sunstein, Cass R. Sunstein (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780691175515
Availability: Backordered
Published: Princeton University Press - March 14th, 2017

As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It's no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other. It's also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit social media to deadly effect.

Welcome to the age of #Republic.

In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today's Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism--and what can be done about it.

Thoroughly rethinking the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet, Sunstein describes how the online world creates "cybercascades," exploits "confirmation bias," and assists "polarization entrepreneurs." And he explains why online fragmentation endangers the shared conversations, experiences, and understandings that are the lifeblood of democracy.

In response, Sunstein proposes practical and legal changes to make the Internet friendlier to democratic deliberation. These changes would get us out of our information cocoons by increasing the frequency of unchosen, unplanned encounters and exposing us to people, places, things, and ideas that we would never have picked for our Twitter feed.

#Republic need not be an ironic term. As Sunstein shows, it can be a rallying cry for the kind of democracy that citizens of diverse societies most need.

The World According to Star Wars Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062484222
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 31st, 2016

There's Santa Claus, Shakespeare, Mickey Mouse, the Bible, and then there's Star Wars. Nothing quite compares to sitting down with a young child and hearing the sound of John Williams's score as those beloved golden letters fill the screen. In this fun, erudite, and often moving book, Cass R. Sunstein explores the lessons of Star Wars as they relate to childhood, fathers, the Dark Side, rebellion, and redemption. As it turns out, Star Wars also has a lot to teach us about constitutional law, economics, and political uprisings.

In rich detail, Sunstein tells the story of the films' wildly unanticipated success and explores why some things succeed while others fail. Ultimately, Sunstein argues, Star Wars is about freedom of choice and our never-ending ability to make the right decision when the chips are down. Written with buoyant prose and considerable heart, The World According to Star Wars shines a bright new light on the most beloved story of our time.

Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476726632
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143115267
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Published: Penguin Books - March 1st, 2009

Simpler: The Future of Government Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476726601
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 2nd, 2014