Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them - 2017-02-25

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F272.png Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them February 25, 2017, Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them

Jonathan Stray summarizes three different strains of propaganda, analyzing why they work, and suggesting counter-tactics: in Russia, it's about flooding the channel with a mix of lies and truth, crowding out other stories; in China, it's about suffocating arguments with happy-talk distractions, and for trolls like Milo Yiannopoulos, it's weaponizing hate, outraging people so they spread your message to the small, diffused minority of broken people who welcome your message and would otherwise be uneconomical to reach.

Stray cites some of the same sources I've written about here: Tucker Max's analysis of Yiannopoulos's weaponized hate and The Harvard Institute for Quantitative Science team's first-of-its kind analysis of leaked messages directing the activities of the "50-cent army, which overwhelms online Chinese conversation with upbeat cheerleading (think of Animal Farm's sheep-bleating, or Nineteen Eighty-Four's quackspeak).

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Cory | last = Doctorow | title = Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them | url = https://boingboing.net/2017/02/25/counternarratives-not-fact-che.html | work = Boing Boing | date = February 25, 2017 | accessdate = August 27, 2020 }}