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Breaking the Social Media Prism | Christopher Bail with Ciaran O’Connor

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Social media has become a prism that distorts our identities, empowers status-seeking extremists, and renders moderates all but invisible. In his new book, Breaking the Social Media Prism, Duke professor Christopher Bail challenges common myths about echo chambers, foreign misinformation campaigns, and radicalizing algorithms, revealing that the solution to political tribalism lies deep inside ourselves. 

In this episode of the Braver Angels Podcast, Bail joins Ciaran O’Connor for a wide-ranging discussion on how we might redesign social media platforms to change incentives—and how we can combat online polarization without deleting our accounts.

Learn more about Bail’s work and purchase his book here: www.chrisbail.net 

Twitter: @braverangels, @ciaranjoconnor, @chris_bail

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1 thought on “Breaking the Social Media Prism | Christopher Bail with Ciaran O’Connor”

  1. Ciaran – could you provide more specific information about the New York Times tool you referenced toward the end of the podcast? Thank you!

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