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The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority by Martin Gurri
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The “fifth wave” of communication technology is revolutionizing the world. From uprisings in Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street to the election of Donald Trump, the flow of information between groups and the ease with which disjointed communities of people can organize poses a new threat to institutionalized power structures. Gurri provides a unique, prescient perspective as to why a (seemingly) nihilistic fervor has gripped so many people around the world. Dozens of disparate movements all want to grind the gears of the status quo to a halt, and their collective voices continue to be amplified by the network effects of the fifth wave.

Are the social fabrics of advanced democracies irrevocably damaged? Can the center can hold in national elections around the world? While The Revolt of the Public offers few answers, it makes a compelling case for simply understanding the new forces that can catalyze movements, overthrow governments, and shape the future for decades to come.
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December 9, 2018 – Started Reading
December 12, 2018 – Shelved
December 14, 2018 – Finished Reading

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