Propaganda Watch: Russian Social Media Ads–1/31/2021

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 2017-q1/2017-01 folder.

The January 2017 ads had mixed messages about American education. P(1)0005719 used a James Baldwin quote to remind African Americans to distrust the American school system:

However, p(1)0001157 says education is the key to liberation:

P(1)0005739 celebrated a mother/son team who got their Ph.D degrees at the same time:

THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD. Take care, and be well.

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