A Recipe for a Political Propaganda: the case of Russia vs. Ukraine
April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment
by Alexander Svitych
The following is a guest post as a part of a new series from the author. Views expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ISIS Europe.
“What difference does it make if it’s true? If it’s a story and it breaks, they’re gonna run with it.” From a political comedy movie ‘Wag the Dog’ (1997)
A distinctive characteristic of contemporary geopolitics is waging information wars in support of traditional warfare. A paradigmatic case was made by the 2012 war in Libya, where real combat was accompanied by a powerful wave of disinformation generated by mass media.[i] The most recent Crimean crisis is another excellent case study for an unprecedented information war unleashed by Russia against Ukraine. The objectives here have been three-fold and aiming: to demoralize the Ukrainian army and population, to justify Kremlin’s actions for the Russian people, and to…
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