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War in 140 Characters

War in 140 Characters

How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought

Modern warfare is a war of narratives, where bullets are fired both physically and virtually. Whether you are a president or a terrorist, if you don’t understand how to deploy the power of social media effectively you may win the odd battle but you will lose a twenty-first century war. Here, journalist David Patrikarakos draws on unprecedented access to key players to provide a new narrative for modern warfare. He travels thousands of miles across continents to meet a de-radicalized female member of ISIS recruited via Skype, a liberal Russian in Siberia who takes a job manufacturing “Ukrainian” news, and many others to explore the way social media has transformed the way we fight, win, and consume wars-and what this means for the world going forward.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / Propaganda

On Sale: November 14th 2017

Price: $17.99

Page Count: 320

ISBN-13: 9780465096152

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"Traveling from 'troll farms' in Russia to jihadi corners of YouTube, [Patrikarakos] studies how social media is used to undermine truthful accounts of events, recruit radicals, sow confusion, and overturn old doctrines of warfare...Eye-opening."—Kirkus
"Patrikarakos...explores the information warfare that has defined the current political era...A deep dive on the ways in which social media are being used by state and nonstate actors..."—Library Journal
"If we want to understand how traditional war is becoming information war, how the noise of artillery anywhere becomes the noise in our minds everywhere, we need traditional journalists willing to see for themselves what happens on battlefields and think for themselves about new means of communication. David Patrikarakos is just such a person, and his book is an indispensable guide to armed conflict in the twenty-first century."—Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
"Finely written, narratively driven, and consistently engaging, War in 140 Characters is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how social media has changed military conflict-and all conflict-forever."
Anne Applebaum, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
"Clausewitz is out of date. War now is PR by other means. David Patrikarakos shows us how this new war is being waged-and how both militaries and media must adapt to survive. An original and important contribution."

David Frum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
"The old days when 'information operations' were a professional and largely isolated part of international struggle are well and truly over. In War in 140 Characters, David Patrikarakos provides a gripping view of struggles being waged on social media-struggles with multiple, obscure, and overlapping front lines-whose outcomes will affect the fate of whole nations."
Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody
"Regardless of how things factually unfold on the ground, an army of 21st century operatives has arisen to shape and manipulate the perception of the masses. In a highly insightful and timely journey, author David Patrikarakos investigates this world and rhetorically asks 'If a bomb lands in a village and nobody tweets about it, did it actually happen?' Packed with insights from Patrikarakos's years as a journalist, War in 140 Characters deftly explores the intersection of warfare and information and what it means for the future of our world."
Marc Goodman, New York Times bestelling author of Future Crimes
"An important, somewhat scary book, built around a series of fascinating profiles, on how social media is changing issues of war and peace, eroding the concept of the nation state, and making the truth harder to find. It is all the more scary in that Putin and ISIS seem to understand and exploit this new world better than the West, and Trump appears to want to emulate rather than challenge the demagogic strategies and dishonest tactics they deploy."
Alastair Campbell, author and strategist, former Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair
"Reporting from the conflict zones of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, David Patrikarakos goes beyond descriptions of places he visited, people he met, and situations he encountered to find common threads that define the new state of war. Inquisitive, thoughtful, and wonderfully written, this is a book for all of us, who whether we want it or not, find ourselves in the cyber trenches of the new global war, and have to learn how to fight and live in the world it has created."
Serhii Plokhy, author of The Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation