the fire these times

31. Disinformation, ‘Post-truth’ and What To Do About Them

This is a conversation with Peter Pomerantsev. He’s a Soviet-born British writer and the author of two books: Nothing is True and Everything is Possible and This is Not Propaganda. He also runs the research initiative Arena based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), an innovative programme dedicated to overcoming the challenges of disinformation.

Topics discussed: Russian disinformation on Ukraine and Syria; the Brexit campaign; the Trump presidency; Maria Ressa’s conviction in the Philippines; missed opportunities of Ukrainian-Syrian solidarity; 1990s Russia and the rise of Putin; pop-up populism; and how to deal with disinformation while being mindful of censorship fears.

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Music by Tarabeat. Photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Unsplash, modified for this episode.

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