How social media became a weapon of war

How social media became a weapon of war by Sean Illing (Vox)

What Taylor Swift and ISIS can teach us about cyberwar.

Sean Illing in Vox:

We live in a world of bots and trolls and curated news feeds, in which reality is basically up for grabs.

The post is the transcript of an interview between Illing and Peter W. Singer Emerson Brooking, authors of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. The book examines how social media is transforming culture and upending the established rules of politics and war.

Singer and Brooking argue that the distinctions between entertainment and politics, war and peace, and even civilian and soldier are gradually disappearing.

Social media, the authors claim, is now the site of a globe-spanning information conflict being waged by millions of people in dozens of countries across a variety of platforms. It’s changing how we think, how we acquire information, and how we make sense of the world around us. And it has created what they call a global “battle space” in which pop stars like Taylor Swift and terror groups like ISIS use the same tactics to fight for your attention online.

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