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Antisocial Media

Siva Vaidhyanathan

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In this book, Siva Vaidhyanathan goes beyond the well-chronicled problems of social media to argue that Facebook is inherently corrupt and can't be fixed.

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Antisocial Media

Antisocial Media

by Siva Vaidhyanathan

Overview

Mark Zuckerberg has always claimed that his goal in creating Facebook was to bring the world closer together. But is it really accomplishing that goal, or something much more sinister?

Media and cultural historian Siva Vaidhyanathan is a columnist for The Guardian and Slate, as well as a contributor to publications like The New York Times, The Nation, and The Baffler. In this book, Vaidhyanathan draws on his work as the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at University of Virginia to create a comprehensive argument of exactly what is wrong with Facebook and how we use it.

Many are already aware of the harm Facebook caused in the propaganda around Brexit and the 2016 U.S. election, or its livestreaming being used to publicize suicides and murders. Antisocial Media goes deeper, pointing out how Facebook's very design is eroding our social structures.

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The problem with Facebook is Facebook.

- Siva Vaidhyanathan

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