The Revolt of The Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium Hardcover – 4 December 2018
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Themes explored in Revolt of the Public
- The new path we'll need to take if we want to preserve democracy
- The impact of media, broader access to information via technology, and visual imagery on our democracy
- Why the public today holds a powerful force that can be used to shape our democracy
- How and why he saw major political events and movements coming, including Brexit, Arab Spring, and the 2016 election of Donald Trump
- the implications of these political events and movements on our democracy
An excerpt from Arnold Kling's Foreword
I read the first edition of The Revolt of the Public in early January of 2016, after Virginia Postrel cited it in her column. Since then, it has been the book that I recommend whenever I am in a conversation that turns to the Trump phenomenon or the disturbing state of politics in general.
Because Martin Gurri saw it coming. When, without fanfare, he self-published the first edition as an e-book in June of 2014, he did not specifically name Donald Trump, or Brexit, or the oddball political figures and new fringe parties that have surged all over Europe. But he saw how the internet in general and social media in particular were transforming the political landscape.
About Martin Gurri
Martin Gurri is a geopolitical analyst and student of new media and information effects. He spent many years working in the corner of CIA dedicated to the analysis of open media-from that privileged perch, he watched the global information landscape undergo a transformation so radical as to seem unprecedented in the history of our species. Wise heads noted that the change was bound to cascade down to all of society, very much including politics. So indeed it has: witness the 2016 presidential elections. After leaving government, Mr. Gurri focused his research on the motive forces powering the transformation. The child of this labor is The Revolt of the Public and the Crisis of Authority in the New Millennium, first published in electronic form in 2014 and now republished in 2018 with a chapter or reconsideration's. Kind reviewers claimed that the book had predicted the rise of Donald Trump. It did no such thing, but attentive readers would not have been surprised by the events of 2016.
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He ends up with nihilism as the only possible motivation for a public that is in the midst of an existential crisis because he can't see why anyone would be upset with how amazing the economy is doing. A nuanced understanding of the economic stresses that are punishing the middle class would go a long way towards making Gurri's theory plausible.
If you want to understand media and politics, this is a great place to start.
A separate point: Gurri is open about his opinions I appreciated that, but he’s so dismissive of the public attitudes that he described that I started to question his intentions and quality of analysis. You get the feeling that there’s probably all kinds of information that he *isn’t* sharing about a particular issue, and while I can’t prove that, I got the feeling nonetheless.
All that said, the core ideas and trends described in the book are critical to the current discourse we’re having. Wish somebody else had written it though.