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  • Deliberate dissemination of false information. Disinformation differs from other propa ganda in that it seeks to manipulate its audience on a purely rational level. Whereas other kinds of propaganda speak to the willingness of the audience to think un reasonably, disinformation supplies the listener with false data with the expectation that the listener will apply his or her reason to the information and reach an unwittingly erroneous conclusion. For instance, the alleged counterfactual assertions of the George W. Bush administration regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq may be regarded as disinformation. Also, totalitarian regimes are notorious for disseminating false infor mation to create solidarity and retain a hold on power.

    Disinformation may also involve the presentation of a fact in a way that obscures or ...

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