The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our Economy, and Our Health

Social media affects our decision-making and shapes our world in ways both useful and alarming. In a post-Covid society, social media is becoming an even more central source of information and human connection. What are the implications of this powerful technology in a world radically impacted by the global pandemic?

Join us to hear MIT Sloan professor Sinan Aral discuss the future of social media—"The Hype Machine”—and our world. He will explore the technology’s great promise as well as its outsize capacity to affect: our brains (Neuroscience); our elections (Political Science); our economy (Economics); and our health (Epidemiology).


Sinan AralSinan Aral, David Austin Professor of IT & Marketing
MIT Sloan School of Management and Director
MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Sinan Aral is a leading expert on Social Networks, Social Media, and Digital Strategy. He has worked closely with Facebook, Yahoo, Microsoft, the New York Times, IBM, Cisco, Intel, Oracle, SAP and many other leading Fortune 500 firms on realizing business value from social media and information technology investments.

He was the Chief Scientist at SocialAmp, one of the earliest social commerce analytics companies, and is currently the Chief Scientist at Humin, a social navigation startup developing the “Google Maps” for your social relationships.

His research has won numerous awards including the Microsoft Faculty Fellowship, the PopTech Science Fellowship, an NSF CAREER Award, and a Fulbright Scholarship. He was also recently named one of the “World’s Top 40 Business School Professors Under 40” by Poets & Quants.



Event Details

Date: 08.05.2020
Time: 01:00 p.m. - 01:45 p.m.
Event Type: Public


Zoom Webinar


Leslie Fell, CDT