If you are perplexed by the rampant success of Trumps aggressive media war against all political rivals with the use of disinformation, avoidance, misinformation, outright lies, inflammatory remarks and personal assaults then you may feel a sense of relief in understanding that his tactics are not new and have been scientifically proven to work.
What struck me about Trump’s brilliant understanding of these tactics is that they reminded me of a bygone era (on steroids) , during the Cold War where truth was hard to find on either side, and the war was for ideological mind share.
The two articles below from a major wartime think-tank discuss how Putin has used the exact same tactics in recent years and offers some suggestions on how to counter them.
What is as chilling as the twists and turns in this election cycle is the growing knowledge of Putin’s own InfoOps inside the United States and the sad lack of countermeasures and public education of their existence.
It will make me a “fringer” to even suspect that Putin has in some form, directly or indirectly, helped Trump if in no other way than to validate his methods. But I’d rather be a “fringed” than a “deplorable” or “crooked”.
The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model. Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It
Russian Propaganda Is Pervasive, and America Is Behind the Power Curve in Countering It
This campaign will go down in history as the closest contest waged under the lense of social media. I pray we don’t repeat this type of campaign every four years. My hope is that we won’t is based on the maturation of technology in the culture. Technology changes quickly and I am optimistic that our adoption and understanding of it can evolve, if not AS quickly, then at least in forward motion.