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The Margin of Error War

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Loved it! 😍

The storytelling and the connection of fact is done well and explains just what we need to worry about with elections and margin of error.

The Margin of Error War by Richard Spitzer looks at the history that led up to the 2016 election and moves forward to talk about what we can do leading up to the 2020 election in order to ensure that we are more protected from a cyber war that many of us were unaware was even happening. Spitzer uses a blend of fact and storytelling in order to reflect more upon the state of the world today.


What I appreciated about The Margin of Error War: it was very clear throughout the book that we are reading a fictionalized account of the events that led to the 2016 election. Spitzer did a very good job blending storytelling and fact so that readers are left to reflect upon what we read rather than take it as fact and move on. In order to fully understand the writing, you have to be willing to research the information for yourself, which means that many of us aren't going to take it at face value.


What I wish we had more of: while reading The Margin of Error War, I did find myself wishing to see more references, because the blend of fact and storytelling (and using a fictionalized history to tell the story) was so well done that I wasn't quite sure what was truth and what was simply part of the storytelling method.


Overall, I do think The Margin of Error War is worth a read, because it puts the 2016 election into perspective, as well as what it means to live in a cyber-connected world. The storytelling and the connection of fact is done well and explains just what we need to worry about regarding the margin of error when it comes to election results, especially as we move forward into a more cyber based society.

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About the author

Richard worked almost 50 years in communications research, for global firms and consultancies, investigating how information influences ideas, expectations, behavior and future trends. The next big issue: digital media influence in modern societies and as the core of the new cyber-information war. view profile

Published on July 02, 2019

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50000 words

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Genre: Political Science & Current Affairs

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