A war’s outcome is determined by more than bullets and bombs. In our digital age, the proliferation of new media venues has magnified the importance of information – whether its content is true or purposely false – in battling an enemy and defending the public.

Join noted author, journalist, and public diplomacy scholar, Philip Seib, for a conversation on his new book, “Information at War: Journalism, Disinformation, and Modern Warfare” as he illuminates some of the thorniest issues on the contemporary agenda. Information at war affects us all, and this book shows us how.

Moderating this program is Patricia Riley, Associate Professor of Communication; and Director, M.A. in Global Communication. Patti and Phil will discuss situations when untruthful and inflammatory information poisons a nation’s political processes and weakens its social fabric and what kind of response is appropriate? How can media literacy help citizens defend themselves against information warfare?  And, should militaries place greater emphasis on crippling their adversaries with information rather than kinetic force?


About Philip Seib

Philip Seib is professor emeritus of journalism and public diplomacy at USC. He served from 2009-2013 as director of USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and as vice dean of USC Annenberg during 2015-2016. He is author or editor of numerous books, including Headline Diplomacy; Beyond the Front Lines; New Media and the New Middle East; The Al Jazeera Effect; Toward a New Public Diplomacy; Global Terrorism and New Media; Al Jazeera English; Real-Time Diplomacy; The Future of Diplomacy; and, most recently, Information at War: Journalism, Disinformation, and Modern Warfare. Seib was founding editor of a book series on international political communication, is co-editor of a series on global public diplomacy, and a founding co-editor of the journal Media, War & Conflict. He holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. He has had extensive professional experience in print and television journalism. In 2016 he was the recipient of the International Studies Association International Communication Book Award.

About Patricia Riley

Patricia Riley is a specialist in organizational communication and is internationally known for her work on institutional politics and organizational culture change. Her most recent research focuses on the role of communication infrastructure in knowledge management processes and on the role of communication and information technologies in organizational change and transformation. Her work has appeared in such books as Organizational Communication and Change, Organizational CultureAdvances in Leadership Research and the Handbook of Organizational Communication, and in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Communication Quarterly, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Management, and Argument and Advocacy. Riley teaches undergraduate courses in organizational communication and graduate seminars on power and politics in organizations, organizational culture, and organizational communication theory. An expert in research methods, she also teaches graduate seminars in field research methodology and multivariate statistics. In addition, she is an associate member of the USC Leadership Institute, teaches in the executive program in the Marshall School of Business, is an adjunct member of the East Asian Studies Center, and directs both the undergraduate and graduate internship programs.

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