For ALL the People

"Slaby brings us a jeremiad. He takes us on a dark journey through the unkept promises and unappreciated hazards of the digital revolution. ...This loss [of civic life] is not random, Slaby argues, nor is it the inevitable path of democracy in the age of social media. It is the consequence of how we interact, where we interact, and the norms those systems create in us that we then bring to our civic life. And here is where Slaby is both prescriptive and hopeful." 

Deval Patrick

DEVAL PATRICK

Former Governor of Massachusetts

“Michael Slaby’s For ALL the People should be required reading for anyone who watches the news or engages in social media (so pretty much all of us). Slaby is the Yuval Noah Harari of media and pointedly outlines the fracture of our culture and democracy while providing hopeful next steps for how we can redesign our systems for a more civically minded world.”

MEGAN KIEFER

Founder, Take Two Film Acadmey

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Available February 23, 2021

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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