• Martin Gagnon

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

As many have probably guessed, I am an avid reader. There is no shortage of recent books on the impact of misinformation. This weekend I started LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media and the book is terrific. The integration of international politics and digital technology really highlights the need for media literacy skills. Here is the publisher’s description of the book:

Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away.

Through the weaponization of social media, the internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, “Twitter wars” produce real‑world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.

P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind‑bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war.


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