Peter Pomerantsev is a Soviet-born British journalist, author, and broadcaster. He is an an associate editor at Coda Story, and a senior fellow at the London School of Economics. His first book, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, was published in 2014; his new one, This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality, has just been published by Public Affairs. (August 2019)
If these paternalistic old media bastions still stood, then one would most likely see a new normal settle eventually after this period of crisis and contest. But the new modes of instant, constant digital connection have abolished their authority; there is no barrier to entry policed by a gatekeeper, and anyone can jump into the fray at any moment. There were always battles of ideas, especially at times when anciens régimes collapsed. Today, though, the battle is not a structured affair with common rules and clear victories, but an all-out war of all against all with no discernible end-point.