26th March: 1.00pm
New media, propaganda and disinformation; from Syria to Ukraine
With James Harkin.
In retrospect, the war in Syria was a live-fire rehearsal for what we’re currently seeing in Ukraine; the involvement of the Russians to pummel big cities with artillery and air-strikes, and an accompanying information war fought between the West and its enemies using new media. In this talk, Syria reporter and CIJ Director draws on his Syria reporting to shed light on how propaganda and “disinformation” are done on new media, the importance of verifying everything you hear and read, and how to see through the fog of information and propaganda on all sides to get the truth about contemporary conflict.
James Harkin is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, a think-tank and experimental laboratory dedicated to advancing investigative journalism. He is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, and The Intercept.
A former director of talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), he once taught politics at Oxford University, and was associate producer on Adam Curtis’s two BBC series The Trap and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace. For the last decade he’s been reporting on the Syrian conflict from all sides. His last book, Hunting Season, an investigative account of the rise of the Islamic State group and its campaign of kidnapping journalists, was published Little, Brown in the UK and Hachette in the US.
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