Episode 82: Josh Tucker on the Complex Truth About Social Media

How much blame should we put on social media for polarizing our society? Perhaps not as much as we tend to do. Joshua A Tucker joins Vasant Dhar in episode 82 of Brave New World to discuss his studies on the effects of social media — and the algorithms that run them.

Useful resources:
1. Joshua Tucker at NYUTwitter and Google Scholar.
2. Online searches to evaluate misinformation can increase its perceived veracity — Kevin Aslett, Zeve Sanderson, William Godel, Nathaniel Persily, Jonathan Nagler & Joshua A Tucker.
3. Less than you think: Prevalence and predictors of fake news dissemination on Facebook — Andrew Guess, Jonathan Nagler and Joshua A Tucker.
4. Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing — Chris Bail.
5. Chris Bail on How to Fight Polarization — Episode 34 of Brave New World.
6. The Social Media Industrial Complex — Episode 3 of Brave New World (w Sinan Aral).
7. How Social Media Threatens Society — Episode 8 of Brave New World (w Jonathan Haidt).
8. Quantifying the Impact of Misinformation and Vaccine-Skeptical Content on Facebook — Jennifer Nancy Lee Allen, Duncan J Watts, and David Rand.

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