Matthew Fraser is the author of several books, notably Weapons of Mass Distraction: Soft Power and American Empire (St Martin’s, 2005), which explores the influence of pop culture on geopolitics. He is also the author of Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom (Wiley, 2008), one of the first books on social media explosion, assessing the impact of online social networks on business and personal interactions. An earlier book, Free-for-All: The Struggle for Dominance on the Digital Frontier (Stoddard, 1999) examined competition in the media and entertainment industries and was selected by the Globe and Mail as one of the Top 100 books in 1999.
Fraser currently lives in Paris where he writes both non-fiction and fiction. He is currently completing a new work of non-fiction, In Truth: Myths, Lies, Falsehoods and Fake News from Julius Caesar to Donald Trump. An ambitious historical journey through truth and lies, the book’s premise is that, to understand any epoch — including our own — one must discover what it regarded as true and false. He is also working on a crime novel set in Paris.
Fraser began his career in journalism at the Globe and Mail writing about pop music, movies, theatre, and television. He subsequently was a correspondent in Paris and London for the Montreal Gazette, and later joined the National Post as a columnist. He was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the National Post and also co-hosted a national television show in Canada, “Inside Media”, on the public network, CBC Newsworld.
Since returning to Paris in 2006, he has been a Senior Research fellow at the INSEAD business school and taught at La Sorbonne and Sciences Po. He is currently a full-time professor of global communications and international politics at the American University of Paris. He has been interviewed on media and France-related issues by numerous international media outlets, including the The Guardian, New York Times, CNN, and the BBC.