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Thread by @gregolear: "Let’s talk briefly about propaganda. [THREAD] 1/ An effective way that despots conceal their true actions is to present alternative realitie […]" #JamalKhashoggi

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Let’s talk briefly about propaganda.

[THREAD]
1/ An effective way that despots conceal their true actions is to present alternative realities. Social media may not have been invented for this purpose, but it’s certainly how it made its money.

For example, this:
2/ That’s Asma al Assad, the First Lady of Syria. She’s smart, elegant, attractive, engaging. She’s also married to one of the world’s worst dictators.

Here is her Instagram page:
instagram.com/asmaalassad/?h…

Notice how effectively she humanizes Bashar.
3/ Scroll through her feed, and you would not walk away with the impression that she is married to a guy who used chemical weapons on his own citizens. She has BREAST CANCER, ffs. And here is her devoted husband at her side:
4/ The Assads look like cool people. They are attractive, well-dressed, seem to care about children and the elderly and their country. But this is propaganda. This is DESIGNED to make us think that. To soften the prevailing image of Bashar as murderous dictator.
5/ We do this in this country, too. All the time. Ask a 70-year-old man who watches Hannity what he thinks of Nancy Pelosi. Then ask him WHY he thinks that. Then ask him to pick her out of a police lineup.
6/ We even have our own stylish couple, sent from photo op to photo op to provide images that soften the perception of Trump as cruel asshole moron children-caging autocrat:
7/ I mean, how could these two elegant folks be key players in the Russian OC’s infiltration of the US government?
8/ As we learn more and more about the assassination of #JamalKhashoggi, who was investigating the links between the Saudi Crown Prince MBS and our own Jared Kushner, bear this in mind. Don’t allow yourself to be seduced by pretty optics.
Traitors must pay the penalty, no matter how well they photograph.

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