How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Economy, and Health

MIT Professor, Sinan Aral, Previews his book, The Hype Machine

What will be the impact of social media on the 2020 U.S. elections? How do we balance and protect the need for privacy, regulation, and open access in a world where unbridled social media reigns?

In this July 9 MIT Executive Education webinar, MIT IDE Director, Sinan Aral — who has researched the subject for two decades — discussed how social media is becoming an even more central source of information and human connection during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new concerns arising as a result.

Aral says we are at a crossroads where society can use social media levers — funding, code, laws, and social norms — for good or fall to its perils.

In his new book, “The Hype Machine,” Aral explains how social media affects:
• Our Brains (Neuroscience)
• Our Elections (Political Science)
• Our Economy (Economics)
• Our Health (Epidemiology)

Aral offered a preview of the book and its findings in this timely and critically important webinar.

Watch the video here. Also watch this interview with Sinan Aral and Techonomy here.

Pre-order the book before its September 15 publication or on Amazon.

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