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Episode 102 – Is Social Media Bad for Democracy?

In this election-themed episode, professors from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan tackle the question, “Is social media bad for democracy?” They discuss why social media is such an important influence, the spread of misinformation, and how the industry could be improved.

At the end of the episode is a bonus research interview with Julia Lee Cunningham, associate professor of management and organizations, who explains her new research into why some people are reluctant to take on leadership roles.


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About the participants

Hosts and Producers: Bob Needham.

Guests:  Marcus Collins, Julia Lee Cunningham, Ethan Kross, Mohamed Mostagir.

Audio Engineer: Jonah Brockman

Featured Faculty
Professor of Management & Organizations, Ross School of Business
Director, Self-Control and Emotion Laboratory
Chair, Social Psychology Area
Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan
Faculty Lead of Innovation, Eisenberg Family Depression Center
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
Technology and Operations Faculty Doctoral Coordinator