LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media

Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense expert P.W. Singer and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Emerson Brooking....

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Title:LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
Author:P.W. Singer
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media Reviews

  • Nat
    Nov 19, 2018
    This pairs well with A Song Called Youth (which anticipates the kind of world we inhabit) and Paul Virilio's War and Cinema. In fact, I was kind of surprised that War and Cinema wasn't invoked at all in LikeWar, especially Virilio's discussion of the evolving nature of what constitutes...
  • Jill
    Dec 31, 2018
    In the introductory chapter, the author writes that "attacking an adversary's most important center of gravity - the spirit of its people, no longer requires massive bombing runs or reams of propaganda. All it takes is a smartphone and a few idle seconds. And anyone can do it." Followi...
  • Yzabel Ginsberg
    Nov 30, 2018
    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.] A very interesting, though worrying study about the influence of social media in areas that we don?t necessarily consider ?social?, such as the political world, or even as warfare. The past f...
  • Nils
    Oct 20, 2018
    Excellent book on the weaponization of social media. All these different topics ? American politics, ISIS, music ? go viral the same way. Is this something essential to the architecture of the technology ? as well as human psychology? ?There may be no more secrets, but the ...
  • Deane Barker
    Nov 08, 2018
    Devastating analysis of how much we suck as humans, and how easily manipulated we are by social media. It's a long-range survey of how governments are using social media as a weapon, or force-multipler, for their own ends. Extensively researched. Seems like a long book, but it is *l...
  • Jenna
    Jan 09, 2019
    This is an extremely interesting --but frightening-- look at how social media has become weaponized. Highly recommend; we all need to be informed. Unfortunately, I'm just not "feeling" a more in-depth review at the moment. ...
  • John
    Oct 11, 2018
    Superb. Gripping. Terrifying, even for people who believe they understand the potential of what we have unleashed. A must-read for digital citizens. ...
  • Michael Burnam-Fink
    Oct 19, 2018
    "There is a war... for your Mind!" That's the slogan of InfoWars, the incendiary conspiracy news network and nutritional supplement marketing firm. And while Alex Jones is wrong about almost everything, he's right about that. In LikeWar Singer and Brooking ably synthesize a soph...
  • Jill Elizabeth
    Sep 28, 2018
    What an extraordinary book this is! I am currently engaged in a love-hate relationship with social media. I love the ability to keep track of what is going on in the lives of the people I care about; I hate that this keeping track seems to be replacing actual human contact. I love the ...
  • Sirana
    Dec 28, 2018
    Massively overhypes the relevance of social media in real world conflicts and conflates every online interaction with "war". A shallow mass of anecdotes with no bigger picture or real desire to quantify the problems of social media manipulation. Occasional insights and a comparably com...
  • Maru Kun
    Oct 30, 2018
    This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality - interview with the author in which he reminds us of Trump's comment that "I would never have become President if it was not for social media". I Thought the Web Would Stop Hate, Not Spread It - article in the NYT on the...
  • Stephen
    Jan 08, 2019
    The digital world is not simply one in which people can tweet restaurant reviews from the very table at which they're ignoring their dinner date. It is a world which has made the border between peace and war practically nonexistent, and allowed virality to become the shaper of reality....
  • Craig
    Oct 31, 2018
    This book will make you question quite a bit about social media and its power and influence. It covers topics as diverse as ISIS, the history of the internet, Russian election meddling, and Taylor Swift. Very informative and anyone who uses a computer should probably read this. It was ...
  • Daniel
    Nov 19, 2018
    Terrific book that explores the implications of social media on war and national security ...
  • Bob H
    Oct 31, 2018
    In a month -- October 2018 -- in which self-activating, internet-inspired terrorists, from mail bombers to synagogue shooters, are more in the news than ever, this book couldn't be more timely or urgent. The authors have given us a wide-ranging and compelling look at how the internet i...
  • Russ Mathers
    Jan 11, 2019
    This is a very important book to understand the impact of social media not only on our beliefs and culture, but on national security. The book starts with a history of communications beginning with scribes and clay tablets in Mesopotamia, to the printing press, telegraph, newspaper,...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Oct 23, 2018
    I wish this book had had its recommendations implemented before 2016. But closing the barndoor might keep a few remaining horses inside. Social Media that dumpster fire that we can't escape has become the nervous system of the body politic of most nations and is a theater of offensive ...
  • Richard Lawrence
    Nov 15, 2018
    LikeWars is a well written, well researched and penetrating analysis on how powerful social media has become in influencing society, politics and our perceptions of what is real and what is not. More importantly, it attempts to chart a trajectory of how social media will evolve in the ...
  • Mick
    Dec 05, 2018
    A must read. ...
  • Brad
    Jan 01, 2019
    Thought Provoking and Insightful. This book is aptly timed and offers a great deal of insight as to what is actually occurring when you click the like/ share button, and how the landscape of both good and evil has changed. The amount of research conducted is profoundly evident in t...
  • Joshua Bowen
    Jan 05, 2019
    This book is both fascinating and terrifying. I could not put it down. A perfect book to be my first read of 2019. Bottom line: if you use or are affected by social media, you NEED to read this book, and soon. Makes for a good audiobook listen as well. ...
  • Kathleen
    Jan 08, 2019
    Singer and Brookings provide an overview of how propaganda/advertising has become exponentially more powerful via social media. ISIS effectively used social media to attract new adherents and amazingly, used it to intimidate the Iraqi army such that they relinquished territory without ...
  • David Leo
    Oct 26, 2018
    A disturbing and necessary account of how bot armies and human trolls have taken warfare into cyberspace. ...
  • Aneeza Rafiq
    Nov 02, 2018
    This book is an eye-opener for everyone who uses social media, and that includes everyone. I know a lot more about LikeWar than I did before reading this book. The book starts by giving an overview of how social media, especially Twitter, played a huge role in landing Donald Trump i...
  • Frank Mistretta
    Dec 21, 2018
    One of the best books I have ever read. I would say this is required reading for anyone who uses the internet and wants to know what happened in the 2016 US Election, how social media is being used in the future, and what to look out for so you won't be manipulated. An added benefit is...
  • Jami Lilo
    Sep 23, 2018
    An engaging read. While the subject matter can be depressing, who doesn't look at the current cyber world and cringe?, the authors keep the information quite entertaining. While learning specifics behind personal recreations, planting seeds of doubt in our brains by groups and organiza...
  • Michael D. Kanner
    Aug 23, 2018
    [Review based on an early edition from the publisher] Singer explains it all! As he did with WIRED FOR WAR, Singer explores a new dimension to conflicts to the non-expert. In doing so, he also gives you a short history of social media and the use of media in manipulating the opin...
  • Sidney Johnson
    Jan 04, 2019
    I have to admit, I had some severe reservations about this book, however after finishing it became clear to me that both Authors are undeniably experts in their respective fields and as such, are far more educated as to the potential negative consequences from everyday digital dust ups...
  • Inge
    Oct 28, 2018
    Currently the most interesting read of 2018, and quite possibly, of all times. I would recommend it to anyone as it didn't feel skewed to a political side, even if there is a lot of politics discussed. Audiobook is 11 hours and 21 minutes long. ...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    Dec 05, 2018
    I beg everyone to get regularly get your news from at least one source that you disagree with. We are headed for dystopia if we do not fix this fundamental social problem. NYT readers and WSJ readers need to start reading both.   Fake news readers and proliferators need to ...