Media Manipulation

One of the most dangerous trends of our time: Harnessing the vast new possibilities of the digital age, malicious actors find it easier than ever to disseminate lies and conspiracy theories. With minimal effort and resources they can destabilize whole societies and even influence elections. Read these summaries and learn how they operate, what damage they inflict and how a free and open society can defend against them.

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Summaries

Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Ronan Farrow

Little, Brown UK, 2019

R 10
Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Roger McNamee

Penguin Press, 2019

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Adventures in the War Against Reality

Peter Pomerantsev

Faber and Faber Ltd., 2019

R 9
Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another

Matt Taibbi

OR Books, 2019

R 9
The Weaponization of Social Media

P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking

Houghton Mifflin, 2018

R 8
Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information

Paul Offit M.D.

Columbia UP, 2018

9
Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media

Cass R. Sunstein

Princeton UP, 2017

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The Coming Age of Post-Truth Geopolitics

Robert Chesney and Danielle Citron

Foreign Affairs, 2019

9
‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

Carole Cadwalladr

The Observer, 2018

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How media coverage misses the mark on the Trump data scam

Yasha Levine

The Baffler, 2018

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