- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Propaganda unpacks the ever-present and exciting topic of propaganda to explain how it invades the human psyche, in what ways it does so, and in what contexts. As a beguiling tool of political persuasion in times of war, peace, and uncertainty, propaganda incites people to take, often violent, action, consciously or unconsciously. This pervasive influence is particularly prevalent in world politics and international relations today. In this interdisciplinary Handbook, the editors have gathered together a group of world-class scholars from Europe, America, Asia, and the Middle East, to discuss leadership propaganda, war propaganda, propaganda for peace marketing, propaganda as a psychological tool, terror-enhanced propaganda, and the contemporary topics of internet-mediated propaganda. Unlike previous publications on the subject, this book brings to the forefront current manifestations and processes of propaganda such as Islamist, and Far Right propaganda, from interdisciplinary perspectives. In its four parts, the Handbook offers researchers and academics of propaganda studies, peace and conflict studies, media and communication studies, political science and governance marketing, as well as intelligence and law enforcement communities, a comprehensive overview of the tools and context of the development and evolution of propaganda from the twentieth century to the present: Part One: Concepts, Precepts and Techniques in Propaganda Research; Part Two: Methodological Approaches in Propaganda Research; Part Three: Tools and Techniques in Counter-Propaganda Research; Part Four: Propaganda in Context.
Chapter 18: Defending against Russian Propaganda
Defending against Russian Propaganda
This chapter discusses Russian propaganda, explains why it might work, and explores options available for Western countries to protect themselves from manipulation through propaganda. In previous research, we characterized the Russian approach to propaganda as a ‘firehose of falsehood’, capturing its volume, frequency, and lack of commitment to objective reality (Paul & Matthews 2016). The discussion here begins with a description of the nature and character of Russian propaganda, Russia's various techniques, their goals, and several examples of specific propaganda efforts as reported by news sources and other observers. This discussion should provide you, the reader, with a better understanding of the scope and scale of ...