- ix, 371 pages ; 22 cm
- Contents: pt. One The Battle For Control -- 1.How the Media Challenged for Control -- 2.How Politics Tried to Regain Control -- 3.How Everyone Began to Lose Control -- pt. Two The Rise Of The Alternative -- 4.Disablement and Dependency in the Media -- 5.Tyranny and Temptation in Politics -- 6.Three Shocks to ̀The System' -- pt. Three Delete -- 7.Crashing Democracy -- 8.Can Democracy be Rebooted?.Includes bibliographic references and index.Summary: Something has gone badly wrong: people loathe politicians, distrust the press and increasingly fear each other. 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 Tony Blair to Michael Gove, top journalists to Russian bloggers, and 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, including the so-called 'alt-right' and 'alt-left'. And he 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 account of how our democracy was crashed -- and whether we can still re-boot it.