Russia is losing the propaganda war in its invasion of Ukraine, but there is a risk that we only see what we want to believe instead of what might actually be happening.
This opinion piece by Julia Baird, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, makes the following points:
- We cannot draw comfort from the fact that people in serious danger are heroically fighting for their lives while the West dallies about sanctions or shutting out Russian banks.
- We should be almost as wary of the feel-good narrative of the first weeks of the war as of Russia’s persistent propaganda.
- Beware the numerous ‘fake news’ photos and claims and use fact-checking groups to verify.
- Social media has made us all observers, and we need to be careful we don’t just seek out images that soothe us, rather than those that challenge the way we view the war against Ukraine.
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