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 US, 2019

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Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe

Roger McNamee

Penguin Press, 2019

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Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another

Matt Taibbi

OR Books, 2019

R 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

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Peddle misinformation. Cry “conspiracy” when no one else reports it. Repeat.

Helen Lewis

The Atlantic, 2020

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David Karpf

MediaWell, 2019

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

Paul Offit M.D.

Columbia UP, 2018

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Danielle Citron

TED, 2019

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Misinformation results from many interacting processes

Derek Ruths

Science, 2019

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