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How Propagandists Abuse the Internet & Manipulate the Public

The Fake News Machine: How Propagandists Abuse The Internet And Manipulate The Public

Technology makes the spread of ideas faster and more scalable, making it easier for propaganda material to reach more people. The printing press—invented around 1440—allowed more ideas to reach more people in less time, as was seen in the Reformation. Photography was used to cover wars and events, but was also later used to disguise the presence of the politically inconvenient1 in the Stalinist Soviet Union. Radio, used by Orson Welles, led listeners to think an alien invasion was underway. Mass media in all its forms was used by all sides in both World Wars.


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