26 Nov

Are “filter bubbles” responsible for Trump and Brexit?

Posted By polity_admin_user

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama’s farewell speech raised a warning that “for too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions.”

Was he right to be concerned?

And, even if the outcomes of the U.S. election and Brexit had been different, would filter bubbles have been responsible?

This provocative book responds with a definitive answer to a question that concerns us all: Are filter bubbles real?


Are filter bubbles real? by Axel Bruns is now available from Polity.

Also available from Amazon, Walmart and Wordery. Check availability with your local bookstore.