Register Lecture: The Death of the Gods – through a tweet darkly
Journey into future of disruption with Carl Miller
Nothing demonstrates the extent to which Silicon Valley has disrupted society better than Twitter and the head of state who seemingly live tweets his thoughts as they occur to him: Donald Trump.
It ah been 10 years since the Orange One burst onto Twitter and today not only does US President Trump wage an unprecedented personal war against his enemies through the social platform but the media reports his tweets as news and some outlets recycle his claims as "facts", thereby closing the feedback loop.
Along the way, we've seen Facebook and Amazon grow to become larger than some US states, bots have battled elections, coders written government policy and algorithms begun to shape an ever-growing portion of our lives. We've experienced the online presence of the Alt Right and Cambridge Analytica and spend our days trying to decipher fact from fake.
Enter Carl Miller.
Carl is the author of The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab and hosts The Register's July 16 lecture. Carl, whose book is now available in paperback, has travelled extensively to meet those disrupting civil society out of all recognisable form in politics, business, media and policing.
A Reg Lecture veteran, Carl will shine a light into the darkest corners of the internet for your listening pleasure (or alarm) to discover what has become of political legitimacy and authority.
Co-founder and research director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at left-leaning think tank Demos, Carl will take you on a tour of UK cybercrime factories, explore industrial fake-news outlets in the Balkans and journey inside the topsy turvy world of Russia's hybrid war that uses disinformation, sock puppets, and - yes - fake news to wrong-foot the truth.
Join Carl and Reg readers on July 16 at the Rugby Tavern, 19 Great James St, London, WC1N 3ES. Doors open at 18:30 with Carl taking the floor at 19:00. An audience question-and-answer session will follow a short break for a stiff drink and nerve-steadying bite to eat. Get your tickets here.