Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/18/2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin superimposed into a Russian Flag. Image by Lenny Ghoul.

This is part of an ongoing series where I review some of the ads purchased by the Russians. In doing so I hope we can get a better understanding of what they were trying to do, and how to recognize it the next time we’re faced with propaganda.

If you want to follow along, the ads can all be downloaded here. All of today’s ads can be found in the 2016-q2/2016-05 folder.

Let’s close out May 2016 with a stack of memes. It never ceases to fascinate me seeing what Russians take for American senses of humor. The caption for p(1)0003930 puts it into an interesting context:

Again, does p(1)0004010 reflect how they see us, or how they think we see ourselves?

As someone who fondly remembers the Girl Scout Camp busywork that is the lanyard, I’m a little sad that p(1)0004014 got zero clicks:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and have a wonderful Saturday.

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