Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Today's News: #ISingWithTrudeau

So today the Queen was laid to rest in a beautiful ceremony -- here are a few of the tweets I flagged about the most-watched funeral in world history: Meghan McCaine is getting ratioed for this idiotic remark: And this explains a lot, doesn't it: But of course the REALLY important news of the day was the video of Trudeau singing in a hotel lobby  lounge last Saturday night. 
Lots of tweets from the anti-Trudeau crowd, which I won't bother to repeat. Also many good tweets from the pro-Trudeau supporters -- our new hashtag: #ISingWithTrudeau. Hmmm... I wonder how much Canada has also been affected by this global Russian anti-democracy campaign: The link to the Washington Post article is here - this is a gift article from my WP subscription: Russia spent millions on secret global political campaign, U.S. intelligence finds 

Turning to Ukraine, here is a fascinating map showing just how badly Russia is now losing this war: And here's what I'm afraid might happen next as Ukraine continues to push Russia out of its territory: The link to the New York Times article is here - this is a gift article from my NYT subscription: Biden Warns Russia, Facing Losses, Against Using Unconventional Weapons


Anonymous said...

The campaign against Markle is an example of the Russian propaganda technique known as the "firehose of falsehoods" or what Steve Bannon calls "flooding the zone with bullshit" - 114,000 tweets from just 83 accounts accounting for 70% of the negative content. The Trudeau Bohemian Rhapsody story is another example, one that was picked up and amplified by the CBC and other major media who ought to know better.

Conservatives, often aided by Russia, are making use of the firehose of falsehood and it's been remarkably successful at shaping public opinion around climate change, Brexit, QAnon and MAGA.

The RAND Corporation analyzed the technique and concluded that we cant "expect to counter Russia's firehose of falsehood with the squirt gun of truth." Instead, they recommend putting "raincoats on those at whom the firehose is aimed." That means getting the truth out much faster and amplifying it through a wide variety of credible channels. To see a master at work, watch Zelenskii. The Ukrainians have been hugely successful in shaping world opinion despite the barrage of bullshit coming from Russia. The Libs will have to learn from this if they want to counter PP's disinformation.


Cathie from Canada said...

Yes, Zelensky is an incredibly effective communicator isn't he. Also, he must have a great team writing for him who really know his voice and understand the importance of having a consistent message.