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Sep 27, 2019

Perhaps the most important global trend of the last few years has been the rise and transformation of information warfare. Researcher of media and propaganda Peter Pomerantsev asserted that in the digital age, real military engagement matters less than how it is broadcast—resulting is a constant deluge of lies, shock humor, absurdity, and fear-mongering designed to disorient us and undermine our sense of truth.

Pomerantsev invited us to journey behind the enemy lines of the endless, multinational information war, offering insight from his book This Is Not Propaganda in order to explore the contours of this new global order. He shared information learned from protesters in Serbia, narco-warlords in Mexico, Fox News hosts in America, and the KGB officer who forced his own family into exile. Join Pomerantsev for a surreal envisioning of modern disinformation—and a critical treatise for navigating our new reality.

Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He studies propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the UK Parliament Defense Select Committee.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the 2019 Homecoming Festival. Recorded live in The Forum on September 10, 2019.