How the Horrors of War Have Become a Permanent Feature of Virtual Reality

We will always live under threat on social media

17 August 2022

Krzysztof Izdebski

Marcin Król Fellow

We idealise regulation too much. Social media — as the Russian aggression against Ukraine this time shows — have been permanently contaminated by an element of evil accompanying people throughout history. We can try to limit it, but this new model of war theatre has taken hold of our screens for good.

On the one hand, high-speed access to information can even save lives and facilitate the mobilisation of hundreds of thousands of people to help Ukrainian victims. On the other hand, the amplification of war propaganda and the anti-Ukrainian narrative act to mobilise supporters of Russian aggression. 

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The face of social media is ambiguous — both in times of peace and war. We are learning how the internet affects our reality all the time, and it looks like it is not an easy process. What does the onslaught in Ukraine tell us about online platforms and their impact on very real politics?

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Krzysztof Izdebski

Marcin Król Fellow

Marcin Król Fellow 2021/2022 at Visegrad Insight and an expert at the Open Contracting Partnership and Stefan Batory Foundation. Member of Consul Democracy Foundation’s Council. He is a lawyer specialized in access to public information and re-use of public sector information. He is the author of publications on freedom of information, technology, public administration, corruption, and public participation. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna listed him as one of the 50 most influential Polish lawyers in 2020.

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