Simon Groth

Simon Groth is a writer and long-time observer of publishing, technology, and creative industries. He’s a contributing editor to The Writing Platform and his books include collections of rock music interviews, novels for young adults, and remixes of short stories from the nineteenth century. With if:book Australia, Simon created a series of award-winning experimental works including the 24-Hour Book, live writing events at writers festivals around the world, and a city-wide challenge to write stories for digital billboards. His latest novel, Ex Libris, contains twelve chapters arranged at random between copies. With 479,001,600 possible variations, no two copies are identical, and yet all tell the same story.


Loaded term: propaganda. Hardly the mild descriptive tag of its origin, the word now invokes visions of cynical manipulation, grand conspiracies to turn entire populations against their own interests and against each other. Sure, plenty of coordination between bad actors …

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Submission to Cordite 97: PROPAGANDA

Information can be propagated to divide or to unite. It doesn’t have to lie, it doesn’t even have to frame the truth.

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