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US starts the “war of ideas” on Russian Internet October 30, 2008

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…And now they are focusing on Russia. After the terror-suspected Arabic, Persian, and Urdu-speaking nations, US Department of State has officially launched the „war of ideas” on Russian Internet.

I have been always fascinated by the cleverness of the American propaganda techniques, in that very case I find it amazing that they actually announce it.

The Department of State directly engages participants in online discussion forums and blogs on the Internet through the Digital Outreach Team. It was created in the summer of 2007 as a result of Karen Hughes’s U.S. National Strategy for Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication as a non-BBG media activity that could help counteract negative propaganda about the U.S.

Under Secretary of State James Glassman explained that there are three elements to the teams’ work. They explain American policy, encourage cultural exchange and engage in a “war of ideas.” The war of ideas has received particular emphasis in recent months. It is, according to Glassman, the use words to combat violent extremism.

How does it exactly work? The members of the Digital Outreach Team enter into digital conversations online either on other people’s blogs or other websites.  (more…)

 

Blogging pause: on holiday without Internet July 17, 2008

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image by vova

To all my dear friends and silent readers!

Being such an Internet-fan I can not imagine a week without blogging, surfing, commenting, etc. As impossible it looks to me now, I will have to survive without blogging next days. But it is also very refreshing and relaxing… And that is what I actually call holiday.

I am leaving for one week holidays and will not be posting till Thursday. In the meanwhile you can also read my older posts 🙂 Presently there are 264 posts on this blog, you may like to read some of them, for instance the following:

No challenge is worse than any challenge

Heart and Brain

7 steps of all-purpose management by axinia

My Fine Art of Blogging

When I look at a person

7 ways to open your heart or how to feel love

The top secert of success

10 reasons why I practice Sahaja Yoga

LOVE, axinia

 

 
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