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How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

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David Patrikarakos will be presenting his latest book: "War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century". This is an event organized by both King's College London Politics Society and Hexagon Society.


GENERAL ADMISSION: £ 10

KCL STUDENTS: King's College London students can attend for free (KCL ID mandatory). Limited seats available, priority will be given to Politics Society members.

STUDENTS (Other universities) : £ 5 (student ID mandatory)


ABOUT THE BOOK

Modern warfare is a war of narratives, where bullets are fired both physically and virtually. Whether you are a president or a terrorist, if you don't understand how to deploy the power of social media effectively you may win the odd battle but you will lose a twenty-first century war. David Patrikarakos draws on unprecedented access to key players to provide a new narrative for modern warfare.

He travels thousands of miles across continents to meet a de-radicalized female member of ISIS recruited via Skype, a liberal Russian in Siberia who takes a job manufacturing "Ukrainian" news to a war gaming nerd that can now take on the government of the world’s largest country and many others to explore the way social media has transformed the way we fight, win, and consume wars-and what this means for the world going forward

The book is published on 7 December in the UK and has been endorsed by people such as Timothy Snyder, David Frum, Anne Applebaum, Alastair Campbell, Clay Shirkey and several others.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Patrikarakos is a British author and journalist. Hisfirst book Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State was published in 2012 and selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice and a Sunday Times 'Must Read.' It was also shortlisted for International Affairs Book of the Year at the Political Book awards.

He is a contributing Editor at the Daily Beast and a Contributing Writer at Politico Europe. He writes for various British and US publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, Guardian, Telegraph, Spectator, London Review of Books, Independent, Prospect, Daily Beast, BBC, Politico, Foreign Policy, New Statesman, Times Literary Supplement, New Republic, CapX, Literary Review, CNN, Mashable, Tablet, National Interest, Reuters, Haaretz, Jerusalem Post and many others.

He is also a Poynter Fellow at Yale and an Associate Fellow of the School of Iranian Studies at St Andrews.


REVIEWS

"Traveling from 'troll farms' in Russia to jihadi corners of YouTube, [Patrikarakos] studies how social media is used to undermine truthful accounts of events, recruit radicals, sow confusion, and overturn old doctrines of warfare...Eye-opening."―Kirkus

"Patrikarakos...explores the information warfare that has defined the current political era...A deep dive on the ways in which social media are being used by state and nonstate actors..."―Library Journal

"If we want to understand how traditional war is becoming information war, how the noise of artillery anywhere becomes the noise in our minds everywhere, we need traditional journalists willing to see for themselves what happens on battlefields and think for themselves about new means of communication. David Patrikarakos is just such a person, and his book is an indispensable guide to armed conflict in the twenty-first century."―Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

"Finely written, narratively driven, and consistently engaging, War in 140 Characters is a must read for anyone interested in understanding how social media has changed military conflict-and all conflict-forever."
Anne Applebaum, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian

"Clausewitz is out of date. War now is PR by other means. David Patrikarakos shows us how this new war is being waged-and how both militaries and media must adapt to survive. An original and important contribution." David Frum, Senior Editor, The Atlantic

"The old days when 'information operations' were a professional and largely isolated part of international struggle are well and truly over. In War in 140 Characters, David Patrikarakos provides a gripping view of struggles being waged on social media-struggles with multiple, obscure, and overlapping front lines-whose outcomes will affect the fate of whole nations." Clay Shirky, author of Here Comes Everybody

"Regardless of how things factually unfold on the ground, an army of 21st century operatives has arisen to shape and manipulate the perception of the masses. In a highly insightful and timely journey, author David Patrikarakos investigates this world and rhetorically asks 'If a bomb lands in a village and nobody tweets about it, did it actually happen?' Packed with insights from Patrikarakos's years as a journalist, War in 140 Characters deftly explores the intersection of warfare and information and what it means for the future of our world." Marc Goodman, New York Times bestelling author of Future Crimes

"An important, somewhat scary book, built around a series of fascinating profiles, on how social media is changing issues of war and peace, eroding the concept of the nation state, and making the truth harder to find. It is all the more scary in that Putin and ISIS seem to understand and exploit this new world better than the West, and Trump appears to want to emulate rather than challenge the demagogic strategies and dishonest tactics they deploy."
Alastair Campbell, author and strategist, former Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair

"Reporting from the conflict zones of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, David Patrikarakos goes beyond descriptions of places he visited, people he met, and situations he encountered to find common threads that define the new state of war. Inquisitive, thoughtful, and wonderfully written, this is a book for all of us, who whether we want it or not, find ourselves in the cyber trenches of the new global war, and have to learn how to fight and live in the world it has created." Serhii Plokhy, author of The Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation

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