Which Side of History?

How Technology Is Reshaping Democracy and Our Lives

Chronicle Prism, September 2020

Which Side of History? offers a collection of bold essays on how technology is affecting democracy, society, and our future.

Featuring prominent national voices such as Sacha Baron Cohen, Marc Benioff, Ellen Pao, Ken Auletta, Chelsea Clinton, Tim Wu, Khaled Hosseini, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Jaron Lanier, Willow Bay, Sal Khan, Sherry Turkle, Shoshana Zuboff, and many more.

The essays focus on the extraordinary impact of technology on our privacy, kids and families, race and gender roles, democracy, climate change, and mental health.

This groundbreaking book challenges opinion leaders and the broader public to take action to improve technology’s effects on our lives.

  • Featuring notable journalists, engineers, entrepreneurs, novelists, activists, filmmakers, business leaders, scholars, and researchers, including: Thomas Friedman, Kara Swisher, Aaron Sorkin, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Cameron Kasky, and Tristan Harris.
  • Explores the ethical behavior of Big Tech, or the lack thereof
  • Offers roadmaps for constructive change and thought-provoking perspectives.

With the rise of cyberbullying and hate speech online, issues around climate change and technology, and the “move fast and break things” mentality of tech culture, Which Side of History? will urge readers to draw the line.

  • This book will help shape the conversations we have around technology in our society and our future for years to come.
  • A smart gift for anyone who approaches tech and the future with a healthy skepticism
  • Edited by James Steyer, the CEO and founder of Common Sense Media.
  • Add it to the shelf with books like Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power by Shoshana Zuboff.

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About the Author

James P. Steyer is founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading advocacy organization for kids and media, a founding board member of the Center for the Next Generation, a nonpartisan organization supporting programs and policies that benefit the next generation of young Americans, and author of Talking Back to Facebook (Scribner, 2012), a timely look at how digital media is effecting our children’s social, emotional and cognitive development.