New battlefields

According to author David Patrikarakos, the scholarly work of Associate Professor of Communication and International Studies Matt Sienkiewicz greatly enhanced the intellectual rigor of his new book, War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century.  Covering three key conflicts (Russia/Ukraine, Israel/Hamas, and ISIS), Patrikarakos looks at how social media has reshaped war and can affect the physical and narrative battlefields, and how the relationship between war and the media has been upended. The author says Sienkiewicz, who is quoted extensively in the book, “provided valuable insights into the role both traditional and social media play in framing the discussion around war and indeed constructing its reality to consumers.”

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