Sinan Aral of MIT on the role social media played in the storming of the US Capitol

Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI Radio in New York

Jan 7 2021 • 53 mins

(1/7/21) On Wednesday, Jan. 6, when an armed mob of Trump supporters occupied the US Capitol building in DC for several hours at the President’s behest, the incident was almost entirely organized online. In this installment of Leonard Lopate at Large on WBAI, the David Austin Professor of Management at MIT and author of The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health—and How We Must Adapt Sinan Aral considers the role that online networking played in one of the lowest points in American politics.