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

Jon Allsop

Columbia Journalism Review, 2021

9
Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Roger McNamee

Penguin Press, 2019

9
Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another

Matt Taibbi

OR Books, 2019

R 9
Lies about science, civil rights, and the vote itself have turned Americans against one another.

Jane Lytvynenko

Buzzfeed, 2020

9
A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News

Cindy Otis

Feiwel & Friends, 2020

R 9
Conspiracy theories seem to meet psychological needs and can be almost impossible to eradicate. One remedy: Keep them from taking root in the first place.

Greg Miller

Niemanlab.org, 2021

8
How Big Tech Got Bigger

Alex Hern

The Guardian, 2020

9
Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation

Andrew Marantz

Viking, 2019

R 9
Disinformation campaigns used to require a lot of human effort, but artificial intelligence will take them to a whole new level.

Renee DiResta

The Atlantic, 2020

9