Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the information that the NSA collects on average Americans. According to Nation Books authors John Nichols, a blogger and correspondent for the Nation, and Robert W. McChesney, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, politicians and political campaigns have been data mining the electorate for years. In their new book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, they analyze how data mining is used not only to manipulate voters but also to maximize fundraising and attract donors.
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Watch John Nichols discussing data mining:
Fresh from the first $10 billion election campaign, Dollarocracy shows how unbridled campaign spending defines our politics and, failing a dramatic intervention, signals the end of our democracy. Blending vivid reporting from the 2012 campaign trail and deep perspective from decades covering American and international media and politics, Nichols and McChesney explain how US elections are becoming controlled, predictable enterprises that are managed by a new class of consultants who wield millions of dollars and define our politics as never before.
"This is the black book of politics-as-industry, an encyclopedic account of money's crimes against democracy... Dollarocracy is an impressive achievement."
"John Nichols and Bob McChesney make a compelling, and terrifying, case that American democracy is becoming American dollarocracy."
"Dollarocracy is the most important political book of the year, maybe of our times."
"I hope Dollarocracy reaches a large audience, not just among journalists but among the citizens who will produce the next journalism, so we can all move toward a more open, competent and trustworthy press."
For more information about the book, visit the official website here.