It has been 10 years since the Orange One burst onto Twitter and today not only does US President Trump wage an unprecedented personal war against his enemies through the social platform but the media reports his tweets as news and some outlets recycle his claims as "facts", thereby closing the feedback loop.
Along the way, we've seen Amazon grow to become larger than some US states, Facebook announced its own currency, bots have battled elections and coders written government policy. We've experienced the online presence of the Alt Right and Cambridge Analytica and spend our days trying to decipher fact from fake.
Carl Miller is the author of The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab and has travelled extensively to meet those disrupting civil society out of all recognisable form in politics, business, media and policing.
Enjoy Carl's lecture presentation, above, where he shines a light into the darkest corners of the internet for your listening pleasure (or alarm) to discover what has become of political legitimacy and authority.
Co-founder and research director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at left-leaning think tank Demos, Carl takes you on a tour of industrial fake-news outlets, grass-roots political disruption and he goes inside the topsy turvy world of Russia's hybrid war that uses disinformation, sock puppets, and fake news to wrong-foot the liberal West.