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The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority by Martin Gurri
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This book was very prescient and seemed to foretell the rise of Trump and populism abroad. I don't agree with the thesis, but that doesn't make it a bad book. I read it knowing I would not agree, but still learned a lot. He blames Obama for a lot of the partisan split. Obama and the rise of the information economy. I agree with the latter, but I think politically, it started much earlier. During the Nixon and Reagan eras, there was already a hatred of the elites. Neil Postman writes about how TV made everyone a sofa expert and raised challenges to the political establishment. I do think it's gotten worse and this is a really interesting account of how the glut of information sources has made us less trustful of authority, leading to populist revolts.
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