Sunday, December 13, 2015

Russian mental health clinic fire in Voronezh kills 23 - BBC News | Man Wielding Guns, Machete Shot Dead at Pennsylvania Wal-Mart - NBC News | 15 Killed in Pakistan Market Blast | Russia says fired warning shots at Turkish ship in Aegean to avoid collision | Reuters | Benedict Anderson, noted for book on nationalism, dies at 79 - The Washington Post | Putin’s Russia on the Way to Complete and Proud Barbarization... - 11:30 AM 12/13/2015


"Нищие духом"...

"Модернизировать Россию не получилось. Вместо этого на всех фронтах побеждает архаика. Все новые успехи в строительстве феодализма и массовое приобщение к невежеству складываются уже в целостную и зрелую систему." 

"Russia didn’t succeed in modernizing itself, Sergey Shelin says; instead, “on all fronts, archaic forms and values are triumphing;” and Russia is achieving ever greater “successes in the construction of feudalism” and the promotion of ignorance as a value to the point that one can speak of the formation of “an integral and mature system.”
            In a strikingly bitter commentary yesterday, the Regnum observer suggests this is shown by the statements of Russia’s leaders and even more by the reaction of ordinary Russians, a reaction that he says cannot be blamed on the work of Kremlin-controlled media alone ("

"Russia did not invent the television genre of middle-aged men jawing over politics, but it may have come closest to perfecting it...
Even in the midst of an economic crisis, some say that it is the power of television and propaganda that has enabled Putin to attain his highest ratings ever. “The television is more powerful than the fridge” is a common explanation among Kremlin-watchers.
In a recent op-ed in the Vedomosti newspaper, Denis Volkov, a veteran pollster for the independent Levada Center, argued that Putin’s high ratings are dependent on widespread apathy, meaning Putin’s support is broad but not necessarily deep.
“Most Russians simply have no opinion at all on most issues,” Volkov wrote. “This is why it's so easy for the average Russian to latch on to whatever is suggested on television.”"
"Russia’s propaganda operation is now so vast that it is diversifying. Its institutional channels have spread from RT TV to Sputnik multi-media, to multi-lingual YouTube channels, and through the capillaries of social media. Propaganda is carefully differentiated by national (UK, US) and language (Arabic, Francophone) audiences; the message and the tone seem infinitely variable... 
The West has woken up to the reality of Russian propaganda. So it is time to look more closely at how it actually works. In part, this is a technical question of identifying trolls and planted op-eds. But if Russia works with the grain in the West and the “near abroad” we also need to look at “the grain”—we need to know why Russian propaganda gets the audience it does. We should also understand how Russian propaganda works at home, and how dangerous it is—Russia’s actions are not explicable by “realist” analyses, because Russia is lost in un-reality. And the level of expenditure, either by Russia or by the West in response, is not really the point. The point is the message and why the message works."
"Anderson is best known for his 1983 book “Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism,” whose controversial thesis is that nationalism is largely a modern concept rooted in language and literacy."

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