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This Is Not Propaganda

Adventures in the War Against Reality
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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An award-winning author takes us on a journey to the center of the information war, where unseen armies and authoritarians seek to define and reshape the truth.

Perhaps the most important global trend of the last few years has been the rise - and transformation - of information warfare. In the digital age, real military engagement matters less than how it is broadcast. The result is a constant deluge of lies, shock humor, absurdity, and fear-mongering - a circus atmosphere created to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth.

This is Not Propaganda is a Thomas Pynchon-like journey behind the enemy lines of the endless, multinational information war. In his signature style - by turns analytical, poetic, lurid, and funny - disinformation expert Peter Pomerantsev explores the contours of this new global order. He learns information tactics from protesters in Serbia, narco-warlords in Mexico, Fox News hosts in America, and the KGB officers who forced his own family into exile.

As he takes in these surreal yet important lessons, Pomerantsev ultimately looks to the future, envisioning what a better form of democracy might look like. This is a necessary book for navigating our new reality.

©2019 Peter Pomerantsev (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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Very thought provoking!

This is a very thought provoking account of how we arrived at the world we find ourselves in.
Whether you live in the West or the East, Capitalists, Socialist, or Communist this in depth look at media passive or social shows how those in power can use it to maintain their power, and convince us that there motivates are in our best interests.
This book is a warning to all of us no matter if we lean left, right, or center to look beyond what we hear, see, and read in the media but to verify and question that information before we blindly follow any one claiming to be leading us to better pastures .

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Thought provoking!

In-depth analysis of past and current events, with underlying disparate messaging and search for identity - all masterly put together to create a thought-provoking narrative. I am now a fan!

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An important book, chilling

In Everything is Possible he exposed the sophisticated information machinery in Russia,. Here he goes global.

It should have come as no surprise to me that media has been weaponized but it did. Worse, I was surprised how far along that effort is, and how clever.

For one example, by contradicting scientific fact with disinformation consumers can be encourage to question truth itself, and then rally behind a leader who confidently mocks it. Why face real problems when you can deny them?

There are troll farms and AI bots, and fabricated protests which provide nothing but theater. He gets inside these institutions and turns them inside out for us.

I highly recommend this book.

Like his previous book, it's expertly crafted ... and this narration is solid.

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Shallow insights with a strong Leftist Bias

I was hoping for further insight into covert propaganda, but found the "insights" to be shallow, predictable, uninformed, and worst of all, they evidenced a massive bias against Conservative voices in America. The book seems more like an example of covert propaganda than an expose.

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