The Revolt of the Public

by Martin Gurri

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  • I'm (re)reading 'Revolt of the Public' by @mgurri as homework for an interview, and it's so damn good. Seems even more prescient now than when it came out. to Tweet
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  • @AlexCartaz @JoshConstine political journalism has been incredibly partisan for decades pretending otherwise is dishonest recommend : to Tweet
  • Book 13 Lesson: Humans tend to identify very narrow problems to solve instead of looking at systems holistically; our solutions change the context around those problems, so our actions implicitly have more unintended effects than intended. to Tweet
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About Book

Riding a tsunami of information, the public has trampled on the temples of authority in every domain of human activity, everywhere. The Revolt of the Public tells the story of how ordinary people, gifted amateurs networked in communities of interest, have swarmed over the hierarchies of accredited professionals, questioned their methods, and shouted their failures from the digital rooftops. In science, business, media - and, pre-eminently, in politics and government - established elites have lost the power to command attention and set the agenda.The consequences have been revolutionary. Insurgencies enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere have mobilized millions, toppling dictators in Egypt and Tunisia, crushing the ruling Socialist Party in Spain, inspiring "Tea Parties" and "Occupations" in the United States. Trust in political authority stands at an all-time low around the world. The Revolt of the Public analyzes the composition of the public, the nature of authority and legitimacy, and the part played by the perturbing agent: information. A major theme of the book is whether democratic institutions can survive the assaults of a public that at times appears to be at war with any form of organization, if not with history itself.