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North Korea's Netflix Knockoff Will Stream On-Demand Propaganda 

The North Korean government has made a habit of ripping off American technology products. Back in 2013, Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian regime made a state-sponsored Android phone ripoff, followed by a Mac OS X ripoff in 2015. Now, it appears that North Korea wants a piece of streaming video.


Studio Exec In The 1920s: Movies Are 'Silent Propaganda' About America

Movies are just movies, right? They can be frivolous entertainment, for sure. But they’re also serious business — both in terms of money and the way that they influence how we see the world.


Chair Of US Propaganda Arm Booted From Russia

Jeff Shell, an executive with NBCUniversal, was detained in Moscow last night when he tried to enter Russia. After hours of confusion, he was ultimately told that he couldn’t enter the country. Was the Kremlin still angry about Evan Almighty? Probably not. The New York Times mentions that Mr Shell is also the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. The part they kind of gloss over? The BBG is the propaganda arm of the United States.


New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As A Government Propagandist

“I don’t mind being called a propagandist,” Edward R. Murrow told a reporter at the Miami Herald in April of 1962. “So long as that propaganda is based on the truth.”


We Finally Know What China's Propaganda Army Does Online

China is notorious for employing an estimated two million government propagandists online. But new research on their tactics reveals a surprising strategy: China’s online army isn’t trying to argue with anyone who opposes the government. It’s just changing the subject.


Government Resarcher Explains How To Defeat ISIS With Twitter Trolls

With all the handwringing over how ISIS is “winning” on social media, recruiting young people using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, one policy wonk thinks we should fight back. He’s got disturbingly detailed plans for how the US government could borrow troll strategies to defeat ISIS on the internet.


What It's Like To Work For Putin's Internet Troll Army 

The Guardian has a doozy of a report on Russia’s secret troll army: hundreds of bloggers and commentators paid to flood the internet with pro-Kremlin posts. Two former employees gave the paper a rare glimpse inside the troll army’s headquarters.


A $50 Media Player Is Helping North Koreans Thwart Censorship

A $US50 media player is becoming a threat to North Korea’s oppressive, isolationist regime. Many North Koreans are using cheap, portable Chinese media players to learn about the outside world and watch contraband foreign TV, news, and films.


Rare World War I Propaganda Shows The Biomech Soldier Of 100 Years Ago

One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity’s deadliest conflict: the First World War. The emerging art of graphic design, aided by the invention of lithography and later chromolithography, was suddenly used for propaganda — and the results were terrific: a bold, optimistic, merry and extremely fictive vision of a gory war that killed millions.


North Korea Says It's Manufacturing Smartphones With 'High Pixels'

North Korea is known for a lot of things: propaganda, prison camps, starving citizens. Manufacturing high-end electronics is not one of them. But who says a totalitarian dictator can’t dream?


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