The Hype Machine
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY WIRED
In this brilliant smart-thinking book about the power and influence of social media, Professor Sinan Aral shows how ‘hyper-socialization’ has profoundly changed us.
Why does fake news spread faster than the truth?
Do products and ideas become popular because they are good or because they are rated highly online?
How does influence actually work and what does it mean to be influential?
Which strategies and tactics can help businesses survive and thrive in the New Social Age?
Human beings have always been a social species. We’ve been communicating and co-operating with one another since the dawn of time. But today, something is different. Over the last decade, we’ve doused the fire of human interaction with high octane gasoline. We’ve created technologies that massively amplify the ways in which we interact with one another, automated by machine intelligence that is designed to inform, stimulate and entertain us. Together these technologies constitute what Sinan Aral calls the ‘Hype Machine’. Digital platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter are injecting the influence of peers into our daily decisions, driving the products we buy, how we vote and even who we love.
Packed with original research conducted by Aral and his team, The Hype Machine describes the impact of social media on statecraft, politics, voting, business and public health, and shows us how to adapt our society to the hyper-socialized state the Hype Machine has wrought.
This is a fascinating book that provides counterintuitive and surprising answers to some of the most hotly debated topics of our connected, digital era, as it impacts society.
'This is the most important book of the year! Our friendships, economy, and society now depend on billions of social media connections, and no one on the planet understands them better than Sinan Aral. ...A lively, engaging masterpiece.' Erik Brynjolfsson, bestselling co-author of The Second Machine Age 'In a sea of books about social media, this is the one to read. Aral understands the new social age like no one else, and The Hype Machine offers the single best examination of how social media works and how we can make it better.' Clint Watts, author of Messing with the Enemy 'An immensely interesting, informative, and provocative look at the biggest technological questions of our time, and the future of our democracy.' Eli Pariser, bestselling author of The Filter Bubble 'The Hype Machine is a riveting story of social media's impact on how we live. Part spy novel and part science thriller, this book is an essential guide to ensuring our digital future.' Jonah Berger, bestselling author of Contagious 'A breathtaking journey through the economics, technology, and behavioral psychology of how we can capture the promise of social media and avoid its peril.' Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler and a Time Person of the Year for 2018 'Full of rigor and insight, The Hype Machine tackles some of the most pressing policy questions of the Digital Age while keeping you on the edge of your seat. ...A must-read for policy makers, business executives, and parents alike.' DJ Patil, former U.S. Chief Data Scientist 'In this meticulous dissection of social media, Aral gives us a much-needed framework for understanding what happened in the 2016 election, and what will likely happen again if nothing changes.' Scott Galloway, bestselling author of The Four
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