Forthcoming book, edited by Syracuse University professors, will examine the disruptive force of social media

By Wendy S. Loughlin

September 12, 2019

'American Democracy: Influence, Activism, and Misinformation in the Social Era' is due out in spring 2021

“Social media has bruised and battered American democracy.”

That’s the premise set forth by three Syracuse University professors in their proposal for a book recently accepted for publication by Routledge.

image of Luttrell, Glass and Xiao
Luttrell, Glass and Xiao

Newhouse School faculty members Regina Luttrell, assistant professor of public relations, and Jon Glass, professor of practice in magazine, news and digital journalism, together with Lu Xiao, associate professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool), will serve as editors of the forthcoming book, titled “American Democracy: Influence, Activism, and Misinformation in the Social Era.”

The book was born out of the Social Media & Democracy speaker series the trio of professors organized in fall 2018 to explore the intersection of politics and technology.

The book will comprise a collection of theoretical essays written by well-established researchers from across the country, examining topics ranging from digital activism to fake news to the societal impacts of combining social media and politics.

Among the authors are Biko Mandela Gray, assistant professor of religion in the College of Arts & Sciences; Newhouse alumna Gina Masullo Chen G’99, G’12, assistant professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin; and Rosanna E. Guadagno, director of the Information Warfare Working Group at Stanford University, as well as others. Luttrell, Glass and Xiao will also contribute chapters.

“There is no better time than now to explore the complexities of social media’s impact on democracy in the U.S.,” says Luttrell. “Contributions from well-respected academics tackle topics from activism to the role of AI and misinformation in today’s digitally driven society.”

The book is due out in spring 2021.