Through the Looking Glass

Can We "Break the Social Media Prism?" It's Complicated.



Greetings cool cats & kittens,

Today I’m releasing my fascinating conversation with Chris Bail, who runs The Polarization Lab at Duke University. Chris has a new book out: Breaking the Social Media Prism: How to Make Our Platforms Less Polarizing which presents analysis from a major study he and his colleagues in the lab conducted on polarization and social media.

The study attempts to answer some of the most important questions we have about the role of social media as one of many mechanisms contributing to our polarization and hyperpartisanship. Using what we political scientists call a “mixed methods” approach, the study utilizes data and in-depth interviews to uncover a surprising finding- one that you might find counterintuitive.

What is it? If I tell you here, you’ll miss out on our amazing conversation!


Love this pod cast? Tell your family, friends, neighbors, your favorite Starbucks barista!

Share The Cycle- On Substack