Information at War

Journalism, Disinformation, and Modern Warfare

New Book by Philip Seib
Polity July 2021.

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Please note publication of the book is as follows: 16th July Europe, 17th September North America. The book is available for pre-order here

A war’s outcome is determined by more than bullets and bombs. In our digital age, the proliferation of new media venues has magnified the importance of information – whether its content is true or purposely false – in battling an enemy and defending the public.

In this book, Philip Seib, one of the world’s leading experts on media and war, offers a probing analysis of the role of information in warfare from the Second World War to the present day and beyond.  He focuses on some of the thorniest issues on the contemporary agenda: When untruthful and inflammatory information poisons a nation’s political processes and weakens its social fabric, what kind of response is appropriate? How can media literacy help citizens defend themselves against information warfare? Should militaries place greater emphasis on crippling their adversaries with information rather than kinetic force?

Well-written and wide-ranging, Information at War suggests answers to key questions with which governments, journalists, and the public must grapple during the years ahead. Information at war affects us all, and this book shows us how.

About the Author

Philip Seib is Professor of Journalism, Public Diplomacy, and International Relations​ at the University of Southern California.