Propaganda in a Digital Age

By Alicia Wanless-Berk | A collection of articles exploring how propaganda is changing in a Digital Age.

Propaganda at Christmas

Christmas can be an emotional time of year. From a propagandist’s perspective, that can present both opportunities and challenges, depending on the …

We keep looking to tech giants to solve our propaganda problems. We're looking in the wrong place

Something is rotten in the state of digital, and it centres on how little leading tech giants such as Google, Twitter and Facebook seem to know about …

Social Media

The Future of Marketing: Five Marketing Megatrends for 2018

There is no doubt that we are in the next great Golden Era of Marketing. And with this new era comes an entirely new set of possibilities—along with …

President Trump And The Rise Of A New Public Relations Model

If you searched “election results” after the presidential election of 2016, the top result you would have been served by Google was a fake news story touting Donald Trump as the winner of the popular vote. According to backlink checker tool Monitor Backlinks, the story from 70news.wordpress.com had …

Polarising Politics in Canada: A Facebook Study

Anyone interested in Canadian politics should keep an eye on Facebook. While the 2019 federal election is still a long way off, some Page …

As Canadian troops arrive in Latvia, the battle for support lands at home

As Canadian troops begin their mission in Latvia — a deterrence operation, intended to send a strong message to Russia about interfering in …

Anti-Establishment Blues: 2017 U.K. Election

Anti-establishment views these days seem to be a bit like a common cold – one country catches it, sneezes, and passes it along to the next. …

Develop A Firewall For Your Mind.

Where does all this manipulation leave you, Dear Reader? Like it or not, your mind is the new battleground in a Digital Age. While the U.S. has had …

Participatory Propaganda: A Populist Secret?

One type of political communication seems to be particularly well suited to <b>participatory propaganda — populism</b>. In positioning a political leader on …

Why Does Participatory Propaganda Matter?

In 2014, the <i>World Economic Forum</i> listed “the spread of misinformation online” as one of the top 10 trends facing the world. By 2016, <i>Reporters Without</i> …

Have You Fallen Down a Participatory Propaganda Rabbit Hole?

Propaganda is changing in a Digital Age. Audiences are no longer passive consumers of persuasive content, but active in its creation and spread, …

How Propagandists Co-Opt Audiences in a Digital Age

How do you know you aren’t a propagandist?<p>Becoming a propagandist is easier than you think.<p>You go online, search things that interest you. Soon you …

Social Media Lab @SMLabTO

“Is Digital Propaganda Turning us into Propagandists?” @SMLabTO Research Talk by @lageneralista, Dir. of Strategic Co

Plugged in and Persuaded - Participatory Propaganda

Are We Prepared for Propaganda in a Digital Age?<p>This is the dawning of the age of persuasion and most people are simply not prepared. For most of us, …

Fake News

Better Media Bureau: Fight Fake News with Credibility

<i>Written with Michael Berk</i><p>Much coverage has been dedicated to <b>fake news</b> as of late: how fake news helped Trump win the presidency; about trolls who …

TED Talk on Digital Age: We Are All Alice Now

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to present a <b>TED Talk</b> on the <b>Digital Age</b> at Whitehall in London. The event, Tedx Whitehall Women, was hosted …

Clinton’s Failure to Inspire: Slogans and Gratitude

Understandably, much of the world is trying to make sense of Donald Trump’s presidential victory on November 8, 2016. Much of this reckoning takes …

Put Your Money Were Your Mouth Is: Countering Violent Extremism

There has been a growing focus on using strategic communication to counter violent extremism. And, rightly so. Since propaganda – or deliberate and …

Brexit’s Hearts Over Minds: The Tale of Two Campaigns

A week after an historic referendum in Britain, a strategic communications analysis of two campaigns offers another perspective on why the Leave …

Her Career: Alicia Wanless-Berk - La Generalista

Alicia Wanless-Berk is the brain behind La Generalista, an online publication that investigates influence and propaganda in a digital age. She …

Digital Age

The Practice of Influence Operations in a Digital Age - A Brief Primer

With the release of its 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders proclaimed “we are entering a new era of propaganda”. Indeed, …

So, You Want to Fight Foreign Propaganda? Think Differently.

<b>U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy recently introduced a</b> <b>new bill aimed at countering foreign propaganda</b>. <b>The legislation, presented at an</b> …

Why Trump Won - Sociological Propaganda

Mark 3:25 – And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”.<p>We are often warned of the threat that is external enemy propaganda: …