Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy

Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed Our Democracy

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We all know something has gone wrong: people hate politics, loathe the media and are now scared of each other too. Journalist and one-time senior political advisor Tom Baldwin tells the riveting--often terrifying--story of how a tidal wave of information overwhelmed democracy's sandcastle
defenses against extremism and falsehood.

Ctrl Alt Delete exposes the struggle for control between a rapacious 24-hour media and terrified politicians that has loosened those leaders' grip on truth as the internet rips the ground out from under them. It explains how dependency on data, algorithms and digital technology brought about the
rise of the Alt Right, the Alt Left and a triumphant army of trolls driving people apart. And it warns of the rise of those threatening to delete what remains of democracy: resurgent populists in Westminster, the White House and the Kremlin, but also--just as often--liberals fearful of mob rule.

This is an explosive, brutally honest and sometimes funny account of what we all got wrong, and how to put it right again. It will change the way you look at the world--and especially the everyday technology that crashed our democracy.


Author: Tom Baldwin
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Published: 03/01/2019
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.40lbs
Size: 9.00h x 5.60w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9781787380066

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 02/01/2019 pg. 102
Choice 09/01/2019

About the Author

Tom Baldwin has spent twenty-five years at the centre of the action. He started his career on local newspapers before becoming political editor of The Sunday Telegraph and then assistant editor of The Times. Later he worked as The Times' Washington bureau chief, and as Director of Communications and Strategy for the Labour Party. He lives in London with his family.