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
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)
I find Hillary Clinton fascinating. I really do. I don't agree with most of her politics (both her public positions and her process for achieving goals), but I think she's incredibly interesting. I think she embodies a particular strain of American strivers, the ones who practice an aggressive form of in-the-box thinking: "so that's the game,… Continue reading I found my empathy for #Hillary
Chelsea Clinton on her pony in Arkansas. From Hillary Clinton's Instagram. Maybe you saw the new excerpt from Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened where she "owns" Bernie Sanders with a joke she saw posted on Facebook about Bernie raising unrealistic hopes among the Democratic base. Hillary mentions incrementally more ambitious Sanders programs for infrastructure and… Continue reading Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?
Above: a slide from the 2002 overview of the now-canceled Total Information Awareness program. This post is inspired by the RAND Corporation's testimony presented before the Cybersecurity Subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee last Thursday, April 27, 2017. The RAND Corporation expert who actually delivered the testimony was Rand (yes you read that right,… Continue reading #CogSec: #TrumpRussia’s version of Total Information Awareness