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For ALL the People: Redeeming the Broken Promises of Modern Media and Reclaiming Our Civic Life

For ALL the People: Redeeming the Broken Promises of Modern Media and Reclaiming Our Civic Life


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A leader in digital communication and grassroots political campaigns explains how the internet and modern media have undermined America and how we can reclaim our voices for the good of civic life.

The creators of the internet promised us jetpacks: better experiences, more choices, and deeper relationships.

Built on a diversity of voices, our online freedom was supposed to spark a democratic transformation. But our platforms don’t work for us—we’re the inventory and our outrage fuels a tech revolution optimized for profit, not civic life.

As one of the top digital strategists for Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns, Michael Slaby saw the beginning of a new kind of national division. What he witnessed would spawn the Tea Party movement, upset the 2016 election, and accelerate the polarization of American civic life.

Slaby presents the four core areas which can be reclaimed to work better for all of us: platforms, government institutions, corporations, and even the users ourselves. Optimistic, future-focused, and deeply passionate, For ALL the People breaks down how we got here, and how we, the users, can work toward a better democracy through tech.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633310513
Publisher: Disruption Books
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 259,033
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michael Slaby helped lead Obama for America as chief integration and innovation officer in 2012 where he oversaw all of technology and analytics, and as deputy digital director and chief technology officer in 2008. As a world leader in digital strategy and technology, Slaby has devoted his career to repairing our broken information systems. He currently serves as community director at the media research nonprofit Harmony Labs. Slaby is a graduate of Brown University. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York, with his wife, author Lydia Slaby.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Our Story Deval Patrick xiii

Introduction: We Were Promised Jetpacks 1

1 Lost Like a Goat in a Pharmacy 13

2 I Was Told There Would Be No Math on This Exam 33

3 It's Not the Crime-It's the Coverup 63

4 You May Ask Yourself, "How Did I Get Here?" 83

Where do we go from here? 101

5 Redesign Our Platforms 105

6 Reclaim Our Voices 127

7 Restore Our Institutions 143

8 Redeem Ourselves 161

Epilogue: Manufacturing Outrage 175

References 183

Acknowledgments 187

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