Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media

Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media

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On this episode of the World Affairs Report, P.W. Singer, political strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, joins host Anna Harrison to discuss his latest book, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. Together, they dive into the world of social media, exploring how it has developed from a fun advancement to a method of communication which both the public and big business rely on. Singer defines how social media is “like war” by examining the methods used by celebrities and terrorist organizations alike while also explaining the key role social media has played in major world events, like the 2016 Presidential election and the Brexit campaign.


About Our Guest

P.W. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation and a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. He has written articles for many of the world’s major media and journals, including the New York TimesWashington PostForeign Affairs, and the World Policy Journal. He has delivered a number of talks at venues ranging from the U.S. Congress and the Pentagon to more than 70 universities around the world. Prior to his current position, Singer has worked at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harvard University, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where he was the youngest person named senior fellow in its 101 year history. Singer has also served as coordinator of the Defense Policy Task Force for Barack Obama‘s 2008 presidential campaign and currently serves as a member of the State Department‘s Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy. Aside from his work in politics, Singer has broken into the entertainment industry, operating as a consultant on the bestselling game series Call of Duty in addition to his work with production companies such as Warner BrothersDreamWorks, and Universal on films like Traitor and The Whistleblower. His latest book, LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, co-written with colleague Emerson T. Brooking, explores the history of communications, the rise of open-source intelligence, and the advent of internet-based information warfare. LikeWar has been named an Amazon “book of the year” and as a NY Times “new and notable”.


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