Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back by Matthew D’Ancona is a delightful and timely book for anyone who needs a primer on the complicated information environment in which we now find ourselves. I happened to come across it quite by accident at Blackwell’s when giving talks at Oxford on, of all things, participatory propaganda and fake news. This short book was not a disappointment.

At fewer than 200 pages, this book is a quick and easy read. As a journalist, d’Ancona writes simply and clearly, making this a great introduction on the topic. As a researcher covering related topics, I found myself nodding along in agreement. This book is particularly great if you are just an average person looking to get a handle on the information world around you.

Among the many points d’Ancona makes include the  necessity of trust in our society – as well as how fake and misleading information erodes this today – and the fact that profit, in terms of gaining clicks and views, is a major driver behind the spread of misinformation.

Post-Truth: The New War on Truth and How to Fight Back is available at Amazon.

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Alicia Wanless

La Generalista is the online identity of Alicia Wanless – a researcher and practitioner of strategic communications for social change in a Digital Age. Alicia researches how we shape — and are shaped — by a changing information space. With more than a decade of experience in researching and analysing the information environment, focusing on propaganda and information warfare, Alicia conducts content and network analysis, and has developed original models for identifying and analysing digital propaganda campaigns. Alicia is currently a PhD Researcher at King’s College exploring alternative frameworks for understanding the information environment.

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