LikeWar The weaponization of social media

P. W. Singer

Book - 2018

"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"--

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Boston : Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2018.
Physical Description
405 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-384) and index.
Main Author
P. W. Singer (author)
Other Authors
Emerson T. Brooking (author)
  • The war begins : an introduction to LikeWar
  • Every wire a nerve : how the Internet changed the world
  • The truth is out there : social media and the end of secrets
  • The empires strike back : censorship, disinformation, and the burial of truth
  • The unreality machine : the business of veracity vs. virality
  • Win the net, win the day : the new wars for attention ... and power
  • LikeWar : the conflicts that drive the Web and the world
  • Masters of the universe : the new rules and rulers of LikeWar
  • Conclusion: What do we know, what can we do?
Review by Library Journal Review

This timely work provides a fascinating and often frightening portrait of the many ways social media is being weaponized and used to manipulate. Singer (Wired for War) and Brooking, a former research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, present a historical overview of the Internet and trace how social media has been implemented to terrorize and control and to reshape war. They provide specific examples of groups and countries taking advantage of online platforms, from radicalization by ISIS to disinformation campaigns and information throttling conducted by Russia, China, and North Korea, including extensive coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The authors also clearly explain how these campaigns succeed, with in-depth descriptions of the echo chambers and confirmation bias that dominate media and reinforce the goals of this war: dismiss, distort, distract, dismay, and ultimately divide. The last chapter expands upon the culpability and role of those controlling the platforms. This book is extremely well documented. Librarians will be especially heartened by the authors' assertion that "information literacy is no longer merely an education issue but a national security imperative." VERDICT An important first purchase for all collections.-Theresa -Muraski, Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Lib. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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