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Stories are weapons : psychological warfare and the American mind Book
Book | First edition. | W. W. Norton & Company, New York, NY : [2024]

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Annalee Newitz traces the way disinformation, propaganda, and violent threats--the essential tool kit for psychological warfare--have evolved from military weapons used against foreign adversaries into tools used in domestic culture wars. Newitz delves into America's deep-rooted history with psychological operations, beginning with Benjamin Franklin's Revolutionary War-era fake newspaper and reaching its apotheosis with disinformation during twenty-first-century elections. The nation's secret weapon has long been coercive storytelling, fashioned by operatives who drew on their experiences in the ad industry and as science-fiction writers. Now, through a weapons-transfer program long unacknowledged, it has found its way into the hands of culture warriors, in conflicts from school-board fights over LGBTQ+ students to campaigns against feminist viewpoints. Stories Are Weapons delivers a counter-narrative, as Newitz highlights the process of psychological disarmament, speaking with Indigenous archivists preserving their histories in new ways, activist storytellers, and technology experts transforming social media.

  • ISBN: 9780393881516
  • Physical Description: xxv, 246 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, [2024]
  • Copyright: ©2024
  • Bibliography, etc. Note:
    Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-227) and index.
  • Formatted Contents Note:
    The brain fog of war -- The mind bomb -- A fake frontier -- Advertisements for disenfranchisement -- Bad brains -- School rules -- Dirty comics -- History is a gift -- Deprogramming for democracy -- Public spheres of the future.

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