THIS IS NOT PROPAGANDA: Adventures in the War Against Reality

By Peter Pomerantsev

We live in a world where ‘influence operations’ run amok: dark ads, psy-ops, hacks, bots, soft facts, Putin, trolls, Trump. We’ve lost not only our sense of peace and democracy, but also our sense of what those words even mean.

Publisher: Faber & Faber Limited
Published: 2019 
Pages: 256 
Language: English


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When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war. Peter Pomerantsev takes us to the front lines of the disinformation age, where he meets Twitter revolutionaries and pop-up populists, “behavioral change” salesmen, Jihadi fanboys, Identitarians, truth cops, and many others. Forty years after his dissident parents were pursued by the KGB, Pomerantsev finds the Kremlin re-emerging as a great propaganda power. His research takes him back to Russia — but the answers he finds there are not what he expected.

Blending reportage, family history, and intellectual adventure, This Is Not Propaganda explores how we can reimagine our politics and ourselves when reality seems to be coming apart.

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Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at the LSE and a Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, studying twenty-first-century information manipulation and how to fix it. An author and TV producer, he is a widely cited expert on disinformation and media and writes for publications including the Guardian, Granta, the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books. His first book, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burn prize. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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