Molly McKew’s right: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda

This isn't a defense of propaganda. But it's an empirical fact: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda. Let's replace "propaganda" with a less loaded word: "narrative." The only way to counter a narrative effectively in a world where "facts" are freely available and uncontrolled is to come up with another narrative… Continue reading Molly McKew’s right: the only effective way to counter propaganda is with propaganda

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Who’s behind PropOrNot? I have a theory (with forensic linguistics!)

NOTE - if you only want to see the "forensic linguistics" part, skip to the end! It's the best part! CAVEATS AND DISCLAIMERS. This is not an accusation, "doxxing" or "outing" of any of the people to whom the circumstances, coincidences and parallels in this post relate. They may well be, in fact, mere coincidences.… Continue reading Who’s behind PropOrNot? I have a theory (with forensic linguistics!)

What if Russia lets go of the psyops rope? (Part 1 of 2)

I wanted to make this post as straightforward and brief as I can, since I think the point is very logical, simple, important and yet so-far unreported in the many, many media outlets covering Russiagate. I wasn't able to keep it brief, and therefore I'm forced to make my first two-part post. There are just… Continue reading What if Russia lets go of the psyops rope? (Part 1 of 2)

Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

On "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday, there was a remarkable exchange between Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton. PAULEY: Are you surprised, though, that many of your countrymen actually might share Donald Trump's admiration for Vladimir Putin? CLINTON: I'm surprised, and I'm deeply disappointed because what they're looking at is a white authoritarian leader who has murdered… Continue reading Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

Julia Ioffe’s Apr. 4 article in The Atlantic

A new article went up on The Atlantic's website yesterday: "In Syria, Russia Falls Victim to Its Own Success." The main thrust of the article is that Moscow's response to Trump's missile attack on the Shayrat air base near Homs, Syria has been halfhearted: Despite its morning protestations, the Russian Defense Ministry got out of the… Continue reading Julia Ioffe’s Apr. 4 article in The Atlantic