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    Two defense experts explore the collision of war, politics, and social media, where the most important battles are now only a click away.

    Through the weaponization of social media, the Internet is changing war and politics, just as war and politics are changing the Internet. Terrorists livestream their attacks, “Twitter wars” produce real world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones.

    P. W. Singer and Emerson Brooking tackle the mind bending questions that arise when war goes online and the online world goes to war. They explore how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, Internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. What can be kept secret in a world of networks? Does social media expose the truth or bury it? And what role do ordinary people now play in international conflicts?

    Delving into the web’s darkest corners, we meet the unexpected warriors of social media, such as the rapper turned jihadist PR czar and the Russian hipsters who wage unceasing infowars against the West. Finally, looking to the crucial years ahead, LikeWar outlines a radical new paradigm for understanding and defending against the unprecedented threats of our networked world.

    ©2018 P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking (P)2018 Recorded Books

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    • Ross J. Patti
    • 29/10/2018

    Deep analysis of the Social Media revolution

    The beginning third of the book is a historical summary of the internet. The second is a detailed series of events shaped through social media. The third is how policy and social media are failing. The conclusion made the entire book worth it, great analogies and assessments to quickly summarize the lessons learned through the text. My favorite approximate quote, “censoring our own content is akin to covering our mouths while we cough, it is to protect others and not ourselves.” We need a cultural responsibility adjustment.

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    • Vincent
    • 23/06/2020

    An eye opener.

    If you want to know how hate groups spread their views so quickly, read this book. If you want to know how elections were influenced, and how fake accounts and sharing of misinformation can lead to real world consequences, read this book. If you want to know how powerful social media has become, read this book. Finally if you want to know how slow social media companies are in reacting to the toxic environments on their networks, and how you can hold them accountable, read this book.

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    • Colin
    • 11/06/2019

    Ourstanding and smart! Awful narration.

    This book is absolutely a must read. A careful analysis of social media and how and why it permeates everything we do.

    how they chose this narrator, I'll never know.

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    • Thomas M.
    • 02/04/2019

    A dismal dystopian future, only it’s happening now

    Extraordinarily well written, researched, and sourced. Despite it’s clear anti-Trump bias, it’s mostly focused on facts surrounding not only Russian interference in the 2016 election, but in the rise of real-world brutality born online.

    The only true criticism I have is that after 11 hours of “the world is falling to a chaotic and nearly unstoppable force”, there is only 38 minutes of “here is a tenable solution”. Overall well done, if not depressing.

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    • Jordan
    • 28/01/2019

    Can't overstate its importance.

    Very informative and well constructed explanation of the most challenging decade to come and the environment and technologies shaping it.

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    • AndersonS
    • 29/11/2018

    A Must Read Book

    This book really put the emerging technological issues of the 21st century in perspective. There are still many alternate futures possible, but this book does an excellent job exploring the most likely outcomes of technology's impact on the information age.

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    • Scott
    • 28/12/2018

    Good Information Ruined by Whining Political Bias

    I had high hopes for this book. I attended a speaking engagement by Peter Singer and found him to be intelligent, engaging, and relevant. My colleagues shared that impression, a tough one to win in a room full of graduate degree holding professionals. He mentioned this book and his fiction work and I eagerly read both. I should have skipped this one. I'll be telling my colleagues to do the same.

    The authors spend the first third or so of this book talking about the history of the internet and then lead this conversation into the history of its manipulation. Unfortunately though, that is where the book falls off a cliff and dies. Thereafter, they take every opportunity to bash Donald Trump as businessman, candidate, and President. The insults and innuendo came so heavily that there or times when you can't get more than 5 pages without Trump being again insulted. Other times, the authors mention Trump more times in one page than they do the internet itself. Paramount among the childish attacks are the multiple times where the authors take the opportunity to mention Russians or death squads or rogue nations in the same sentence as Trump. The intent is clear. They hate Trump, got it. I kept waiting for them to get back on topic, but it never happened.

    I'm neither a Trump fan nor a Trump hater, but the childish vitriol the authors pour on President Trump makes me think this book was the result of a brainstorming session on how to get their Trump hatred into book form without telling readers anything about that plan on the jacket.

    This book is an absolute shame and it destroyed the respect I had for Peter Singer. Had the authors limited the criticism of the President to a few barbs or even a few outright vilifications, I could have accepted it. Instead, they lashed out like whiny children who had their toys taken away - for over half the book! The intellectual and literary value these men had to offer was blunted by their inability to comport themselves like adults. The remainder of their bodies of work are tainted by their willingness to devalue this work in order to promote their political biases.

    TLDR: Whiny authors ruin good content by spending most of the book bashing Trump.

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 31/07/2021

    Ruined by political bias

    Could have been a really good book. Very intriguing information completely ruined by a clear political bias.

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    it's an interesting topic but the author sees russia under every bed and in every closet

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    • Tyler Quinn
    • 27/04/2021

    Cohesive primer to the info environment

    Singer has established a modern history as history is being written every day. A short, yet comprehensive, view of the history and makings of the modern information environment, this is an excellent starting point for any who seek to establish a better understanding of where we are and where we are heading as humans. It is well researched and the notes are a good example of his call to “lateral thinking” whereby multiple sources are checked against each other in a hunt for the truth.

    The flow is somewhat like the origins and evolution of the information environment. It happens in fits and starts, with some elements not becoming important until much later and understanding of impact may be murky at first. Regardless if intention, positive or benign, Singer does an excellent job in laying out, in specific and recent examples, the ways that this environment is much like the physical (an inexorably linked to it) universe. It’s dangerous and multifaceted with elements that can be used for good or ill.

    Singer posits 5 fundamental rules that simplify his analysis. His short list of recommendations are simple and achievable, although they require concerted effort of many people and organizations.

    At the foundational level we are dealing with the problems of context and perception. Singer adroitly incorporates two ancient parables of the blind men and the elephant and Plato’s “prisoner” thought experiment. Perception is your own reality, until new information is incorporated and at the core of that is the fact that humans are emotional beings, less rational/logical than we like to think.

    This book is a fine starting point for understanding the massive forces around us and the role of technology and what it means to be human in this day and age.