Tom Baldwin in conversation with Robert Peston15 Aug 2018 – 18.30
It’s easy to blame Russian trolls, Facebook news feeds, or the sinister manipulation of ‘big data’ — but these are all symptoms of an abusive thirty-year relationship between politics, the media, and a new information age.
Interviewing everyone from politicians and journalists to Russian bloggers, from tech giant execs to online activists, Tom Baldwin describes a vicious battle for control of the news agenda, at the expense of public trust and the value of truth. He shows how technological change has hollowed out space for virulent new populist alternatives, and warns that not only extremists, but also the progressive centre, may now decide to press ‘delete’ on liberal democracy altogether. Ctrl Alt Delete is a brutally honest and sometimes funny exploration of how our democracy was crashed — and whether we can still re-boot it.