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

Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America

Christopher Wylie

Random House, 2019

R 9
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

9
Adventures in the War Against Reality

Peter Pomerantsev

Public Affairs, 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
How new technologies and techniques pioneered by dictators will shape the 2020 election

McKay Coppins

The Atlantic, 2020

9

David Karpf

MediaWell, 2019

9
Social Manipulation in a Changing Information Environment

Michael J. Mazarr et al.

Rand Corporation, 2019

9
The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

Michael Isikoff and David Corn

Twelve, 2018

8