Truth in an age of trolls

Good piece on Cold War propaganda machinery, which also speaks to our era of “fake news.”

Domestically, too, the tactics have the effect of polluting the conversation. “The paid trolls have made it impossible for the normal Internet user to separate truth from fiction,” says Kremlin critic Navalny. “The point is to spoil it, to create the atmosphere of hate, to make it so stinky that normal people won’t want to touch it.”

https://wilsonquarterly.com/quarterly/the-lasting-legacy-of-the-cold-war/gaining-followers-the-internet-and-cold-war-style-propaganda-in-the-former-soviet-republic/

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