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Information Wars

How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It
Narrated by: Christopher Grove
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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During the final three years of the Obama administration, Richard Stengel, the former editor of Time magazine and an Under Secretary of State, was on the front lines of the new global information war. At the time, he was the single person in government tasked with unpacking, disproving, and combating both ISIS's messaging and Russian disinformation. Then, in 2016, as the presidential election unfolded, Stengel watched as Donald Trump used disinformation himself, weaponizing the grievances of Americans who felt overlooked. In fact, Stengel quickly came to see how all three players had used the same playbook: ISIS sought to make Islam great again; Putin tried to make Russia great again; and we all know about Trump. 

In a narrative that is by turns dramatic and eye-opening, Information Wars walks listeners through this often frustrating battle. Stengel moves through Russia and Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq, and introduces characters from Putin to Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Mohamed bin Salman to show how disinformation is impacting our global society. He illustrates how ISIS terrorized the world using social media, and how the Russians launched a tsunami of disinformation around the annexation of Crimea - a scheme that became the model for their interference with the 2016 presidential election.

©2019 Richard Stengel (P)2019 Kalorama

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chapter 13 and beyond are the good stuff <br />

chapters 1 through 12 are a nice historical narrative with insights into the operation of the state department, but starting with 13, it covers the methods of disinformation, and methods and philosophies of how to fight it.

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understand the information generation, good luck!

maybe can know better the complexity of information in this age of fast data. After reading, I believe I have a better idea of how to group data or information by categories. My categories are of my own understanding and use and so are good only for me. thus is the world today.