Soviet-born British journalist Peter Pomerantsev seeks to make sense of our current age of disinformation in This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality. Uncovering a world of trolls, bots, hacks, dark ads, soft facts and the new Kremlin, Peter’s research takes him back to Russia some 40 years after his dissident parents were hounded out by the KGB. In conversation with ABC’s Paul Barry, Peter discusses his Pynchon-like exploration of how we might reimagine our politics and ourselves in a time when truth has been turned on its head.
Peter Pomerantsev (International)
Peter Pomerantsev is a prize-winning Soviet-born British journalist and author. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, studying 21st-century information manipulation and how to fix it. An author and TV producer, he is a widely cited expert on disinformation and media, and writes for publications including Granta, The Atlantic, Financial Times and many others. His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns prizes. It has been translated into more than a dozen languages. His most recent book is This is Not Propaganda.
Paul Barry (Australian)
Paul Barry is one of Australia's most respected journalists. He joined the ABC's Four Corners in 1987 as an investigative reporter and made his name with an exposé of Alan Bond. He has also presented current affairs programs for the Seven Network (The Times and Witness) and worked as an investigative reporter for the Nine Network and two Sydney newspapers (The Sydney Morning Herald and Sunday Telegraph). He has been awarded two Walkleys and a Logie for his journalism.