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Fighting for Truth in Post-Truth Era: Talk with Pomerantsev & Patrikarakos

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Two acclaimed authors, who have done extensive on-the-ground research in Ukraine, reflect on global media trends in age of disinformation

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“Hypocrisy of the Cold War has now been replaced with something more sinister: all information becomes a tool to undermine the enemy. Disrupt, confuse, delay and subvert. Ideas of themselves are irrelevant.” This a quote from This is not propaganda, Peter Pomerantsev’s second book, which follows the success of his award-winning Nothing is true and everything is possible (2015). Peter travels far and wide, from the Philippines to Mexico, from Ukraine to Estonia, to record accounts of media activists and info warriors. He tries to dissect the era of post-truth we all live in and the impact it has on reality. Peter goes back to Cold War realities and traces the stories he lived through in his childhood and youth, growing up in a family of dissidents, kicked out of Soviet Ukraine in the 1970s.

Peter’s book will be unveiled alongside the work by David Patrikarakos, another author and media expert with multi-layered identity. In his War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is reshaping the conflict in the 21st Century, David draws his lessons on the cases drawn from the Russian-Ukrainian and Israeli-Gaza conflicts. He books puts forward the notion of “homo digitalis,” “a tech-savvy postmodern creature, who inhabits the online world and whose fighting prowess is equal to the battalion of infantry.” Both Peter and David, who have done a lot of on-the-ground research in Ukraine, will be reflecting on the global trends of the crisis of mainstream media, impact of conflicts which rage online indefinitely, power of tech companies and how to mould cognitive abilities to adjust to new realities.

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Peter Pomerantsev, Author; Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs, LSE; Director of LSE Arena programme dedicated to overcoming the challenges of disinformation.

David Patrikarakos, Author and media expert; Contributing Editor, Daily Beast; Contributing Writer, Politico; Poynter Fellow, Yale.

Books by both authors will be available for sale.

The event will be moderated by author, journalist and historian Anna Reid. The event will be held in English.

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