Societies Online: Facebook & Democracy (with Siva Vaidhyanathan)

Galvin, Anne H.; Vaidhyanathan, Siva

A leading scholar who studies online media, Siva Vaidhyanathan, takes a critical look at both the affordances and dangers of large platforms like Facebook, Google, and Reddit. Vaidhyanathan breaks down the global power of Facebook: what it provides in a positive sense, but also how exactly it makes money off of its users, and how its design and business model pose a serious threat to democracy. Siva shares some ideas about what would need to change for Facebook to serve its users—and societies—better.


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Academic Units
Heyman Center for the Humanities
Public Books 101: The Internet, 3 part 1
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January 26, 2021


Preferred citation:
Galvin, Annie and Siva Vaidhyanathan. "Societies Online: Facebook and Democracy." Public Books 101: The Internet, Podcast audio, August 3, 2020. http://www.publicbooks.org/podcast/#societies.