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Jun 21 2019 - 09:06 AM
News Cafe Book Collections - Grassroots Algorithm

Grassroots Algorithm: A New Book Display on Social Media


February - Mid March 2018


Curated by Kaitlin Kehnemuyi

Designed by Renata Gaui

Social media was credited for sustaining the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. Fast forward to present day we are trying to understand if Russian bots influenced voters in our last election. Social media allows us to build communities that reflect our lives, which makes it appear to be a grassroot movement. Is it still grassroots when there are algorithms saying ‘you two should be friends because you both believe the world is flat’? Can social media exist in this dichotomy of grassroots and algorithms? Can it still bring revolution, or just pictures of cute doggos? 


The Books

  • Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest – Zeynip Tufekci
  • #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media – Cass Sunstein
  • What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing – Ed Finn
  • We Are Data: Algorithms and The Making of Our Digital Selves – John Cheney-Lippold
  • Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy – Cathy O’Neill
  • Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars From 4Chan And Tumblr To Trump And The Alt-Right – Angela Nagle
  • Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media – Mizuko Ito
  • Participatory Culture in a Networked Era: A Conversation on Youth, Learning, Commerce, and Politics – Henry Jenkins,‎ Mizuko Ito and‎ danah boyd
  • It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – danah boyd
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other – Sherry Turkle
  • Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power and Public Resistance – Heidi Boghosian
  • Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World – Bruce Schneier
  • Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy – Jonathan Taplin
  • The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age – Astra Taylor
  • Networked: The New Social Operating System – Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman
  • Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter
  • Dissent and Revolution in a Digital Age: Social Media, Blogging and Activism in Egypt – David Faris
  • Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom – Rebecca MacKinnon
  • The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom – Evgeny Morozov
  • Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations – Clay Shirky
  • Tweeting to power. The social media revolution in American politics. – Jason Gainous and Kevin M Wagner
  • Becoming Digital: Toward a Post-Internet Society – Vincent Mosco





The Display


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