War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century
A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought

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. Here, journalist 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, 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.
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War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century
A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought

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. Here, journalist 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, 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.
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War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

by David Patrikarakos
War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century

by David Patrikarakos

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Overview

A leading foreign correspondent looks at how social media has transformed the modern battlefield, and how wars are fought

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. Here, journalist 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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465096145
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,047,525
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Patrikarakos is the author of Nuclear Iran: the Birth of an Atomic State, a contributing editor at the Daily Beast, and a contributing writer at Politico. He has written for the New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 The Citizen Journalist: Stones Versus Guns 17

2 The Soldier: The State Flounders, and Homo Digitalis Emerges 45

3 The Officer: Militia Digitalis Takes to the "Battlefield" 63

4 The Facebook Warrior 1: The Virtual State 91

5 The Facebook Warrior 2: Homo Digitalis on the Battlefield 113

6 The Troll: The Empire Strikes Back 131

7 The Postmodern Dictator: Adventures in Unreality 153

8 The Interpreter 1: From the Bedroom to the Battlefield 167

9 The Interpreter 2: Man Versus Superpower 183

10 The Recruit: Friends Are Close but Enemies Are Closer 203

11 The Counterterrorist: Goliath Versus a Thousand Slingshots 231

Conclusion 255

Notes 269

Index 285

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