LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Mediaby Published 02 Oct 2018
|LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.pdf|
|Publisher||Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense expert P.W. Singer and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Emerson Brooking.
"LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media" Reviews
[Review based on an early edition from the publisher]
Singer explains it all!
As he did with WIRED FOR WAR, Singer explores a new dimension to conflicts to the non-expert. In doing so, he also gives you a short history of social media and the use of media in manipulating the opinions of the public. I should also note that he does include a short discussion of how social media has changed our sense of community and American politics, including both Trump's use of Twitter as a direct line to his supporters as well as how Russia tried to influence the election.
Teaching courses in security, conflict and political rhetoric, I was fascinated by his account of how ISIS and Hamas quickly understood the additional capacity that social media gave them in promoting their cause and recruiting new members and sympathizers. I do not think that I have come across such a detailed account. It is worth the price just for this account.
Although the notes constitute almost half of the e-copy I was sent by the publisher, he doesn't bog the reader down with minutia or dense academic jargon. His cases are clear and flow easily out of the discussion.
I will be recommending to students in my security courses as a must read if they are interested in the changing face of warfare. Another groundbreaking book by one of the leading analysts commenting on conflicts today.