Using the Internet, anonymity and Russian trolls as an example of propaganda works

I want to run something by you that has been on my mind since Saturday because it hits on some of the themes I have been writing about in my journalism and media posts for the past couple of months.
Suspension of disbelief and troll factories
If you recall, I wrote a post about two months ago on suspension of disbelief as critical to processing data. There was some research that suggested we are biased to believing what we hear is true — because “speakers usually do tell the truth.” This was interesting to me because the researchers also said that “an early bias toward believing the speaker is adaptive” – meaning we can change our bias toward believing to one toward disbelief, if the situation warrants it.

And I've been thinking about this in the context of propaganda, and how sophist...


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