Other Issues in Media and Society


In her blog, Anna presents her thoughts on the problem of media shapes ethnic stereotypes nowadays. Very interesting topic that has been discussed very extensively. By providing relevant data,author shows the main aspects of racism and the way people live with that,especially right now globe deal with such issues. We should pay more attention to this topic and more conference should be brought upon this issue.



If you want to learn more about the information war and how it is used to achieve own goals, you definitely need to visit the blog Katie. She also supports her blog by giving great examples, made an excellent analysis of recent events and has provided interesting evidence.



The blog of Jessica Grmelova is about teenage alcohol ads in the media. In her posts, she describes how adolescents are affected by the media. She reported all aspects of the negative impact of advertising of alcoholic beverages in the media on an excellent level and what consequences it causes. This issue requires attention, because as you, probably, noticed that around becomes more and more teenagers who drink alcohol.



Next blog that caught my attention, this is a blog of my classmate Emre, which dedicated to issue «How true are the informations we get to see on Social Media?» He says that we can never be sure that all the information that we get from the Internet is always correct. This issue is also close to my blog, but also shows that it is necessary to verify the information from different sources to find out the real picture of situation.



Teresa’s blog is focused on the issues of “Does Media Influence What We Eat and Drink?”. She presents arguments on the fact that the media influences our choice of what to eat and drink. She also tries to analyze the situation from psychological position. On her blog, she describes the negative and positive impact of media. Very interesting article about positive impact   you can find on her blog by name «Current Events II. — Sugar Rush: a crusade to save health». I advise everyone to visit the blog, because proper nutrition is the key to our health — the most valuable thing in our life.




poisk-informatsiiThe First website I would like to recommend for my readers to find more information related to the topic of “Information Warfare” is an Edith Cowan University academic paper. I think this source is very credible.


Second interesting web article I would like to suggest to read is “Fighting the Information War” by Philip Seib (Professor of Journalism and Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California). In this website, you can find more about information warfare between Russian and West


The last website that I would suggest is called “Information Warfare: The Role of Social Media in Conflict” by Catherine A. In this academic paper you will find out how social media is used as a tool of information warfare.


I hope you will find this sources are very useful.



infowarIn the article “Insult to our intelligence: New information war against Russia” by Neil Clark states that Russian planes taken off to bomb ISIS terrorists and their associates in Syria, claims made by the West’s anti-Russian lobby started to flood in — only to be repeated in much of the western mainstream media. ( Clark, 2015). Russia wasn’t really targeting ISIS but “moderate rebels” and its strikes killed scores of innocent civilians (unlike US strikes during which we only get “collateral damage”). The anti-Russian lobby have fantastic sources in Syria and know exactly who has been killed in airstrikes moments after the bombs are dropped, or, in some cases possess clairvoyant powers and know who the victims will be even before the bombs fall. I think Russia is winning the reality war. It is winning hearts and minds slowly but surely and permanently. Putin’s consistency, his refusal to follow PC and Public Relations snake oil presentation, his courteous but intransigent telling of truths we all know deep down, one way or another, and his predictions coming to pass, as in for e.g. the mess in the ME caused by America resulting in disaster and chaos for Europe, and the infliction of the mess the US makes being paid for by ordinary Europeans — these are slowly winning the people over.


Insult to our intelligence: New information war against Russia. (2015, October).

Retrieved December 3, 2015, from




In the report of Maria Snegovaya titled“ PUTIN’S INFORMATION WARFARE IN UKRAINE”, published by the Institute for the Study of War, the author states that Russia is using the reflexive control technique to persuade the West to do something its leaders mostly wanted to do in the first place, namely, remain on the sidelines as Russia dismantled Ukraine.

The author mentions the key elements of Russia’s reflexive control technique in Ukraine have been:

  • Denial and deception operations to conceal or obfuscate the presence of Russian forces in Ukraine, including sending in “little green men” in uniforms without insignia; (Snegovaya, 2015)
  • Concealing Moscow’s goals and objectives in the conflict, which sows fear in some and allows others to persuade themselves that the Kremlin’s aims are limited and ultimately acceptable;(Snegovaya, 2015)
  • Retaining superficially plausible legality for Russia’s actions by denying Moscow’s involvement in the conflict, requiring the international community to recognize Russia as an interested power rather than a party to the conflict, and pointing to supposedly-equivalent Western actions such as the unilateral declaration of independence by Kosovo in the 1990s and the invasion of Iraq in 2003; (Snegovaya, 2015)
  • Simultaneously threatening the West with military power in the form of overflights of NATO and non-NATO countries’ airspace, threats of using Russia’s nuclear weapons, and exaggerated claims of Russia’s military prowess and success; (Snegovaya, 2015)
  • The deployment of a vast and complex global effort to shape the narrative about the Ukraine conflict through formal and social media (Snegovaya, 2015)



PUTIN’S INFORMATION WARFARE IN UKRAINE. (2015, September). Retrieved December 2,2015, from http://understandingwar.org/sites/default/files/Russian%20Report%201%20Putin’s%20Information%20Warfare%20in%20Ukraine%20Soviet20Origins%20of%20Russias%20Hybrid%20Warfare.pdf


Russia has taken the lead in supporting Syria this summer, actively initiating efforts to bring a diplomatic resolution to the country’s crisis and assemble an inclusive anti-ISIL coalition. Western focus on Syria has led Russian President Vladimir Putin to believe he can act with relative impunity in Ukraine. “This is a diversionary maneuver,” says Anders Aslund, a former Swedish diplomat to Geneva, Poland and Moscow, now with the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. “By bombing Syria, Russia forces itself to be discussed by the Western powers,” Aslund says. “It matters to Putin a lot that he looks like a star internationally.” More recently, Moscow conceded that a bomb, likely planted by an affiliate of the Islamic State group, brought down a Russian airliner over Egypt last month, forcing Moscow to deepen its involvement in Syria. A coordinated and sophisticated series of attacks in Paris on Nov.14 elevated the international urgency to bring Putin into a unified response to fight the extremist network. Speculation now arises that Putin’s price for cooperation could be the West’s relaxing its insistence that Russian give up Crimea and other parts of Ukraine from its control.

TVliesIn reality, after watching news from the Russian channels we can see that after the beginning of military action in Syria , all the main reports is now only about Syria. Currently, on the Russian channels rarely mentions about Ukraine. In my opinion, it is a proof of Russian propaganda. Furthermore, I would like to mention how news reports differently in US and Russia. The Russian channels stated that Russian is helping Syria and that they did more in one week of helping Syria than US in a year. However,  US and Western media can be traced to the contrary that this intervention has a negative consequences. As an example of a various kinds of information you can listen the audio record from the Russian news portal, which describes the positive influence of Russian and watch video after audio record from the American news portal where the contrary is shown in a negative side of this intervention.

In this article we can listen audio record that was published on 8.11.2015 which suggests that the impact of Russia’s anti-ISIS above. Russian government did more in one week that US in a year.

https://www.rt.com/politics/317988-over-70-percent-of-russians/ ( You can listen the audio record inside the article)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-34418752 ( You can watch the video inside the article)

Again, to see clearly a mismatch of information in the news in different countries, I asked my friends from different countries to answer the question: «What is said in the news about Syria crisis in your country?»



Russia in ‘information war’ with West to win hearts and minds. (2015, September 16). Retrieved December 2, 2015, from http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34248178



In my perspective, the west is over fears that they are losing the “information war” with Russia. On other hand, this statement may be true. The Russian government is doing really job to undermine America and Europe. They are certainly engaged in a multi-front, multi-message, multimedia campaign to disrupt the West. As you know, for the last years the Russia been in conflict in Ukraine and Syria. In those conflicts, the Russia Government has been using an advanced form of hybrid warfare that relies heavily on an element of information warfare that the Russians call “reflexive control”. Reflexive control is causing a stronger adversary voluntarily to choose the action most advantageous to Russian objectives by shaping the adversary’s perception of the situation decisively ( Snegovaya, 2015). “Reflexive Control” is defined as a means of conveying to a partner or an opponent specially prepared information to include him to voluntarily make the predetermined decision desired by the initiator of the action, “, writes Timothy L. Thomas. Kremlin (Russian government) has used this technique skillfully to persuade the U.S. and its European allies to remain largely passive in the face of Russia’s efforts to disrupt and dismantle Ukraine through military and non-military means.(Snegovaya, 2015) I think the West should be alert to the use of reflexive control techniques and find ways to counter them if it is to succeed in an era of hybrid war. On my personal experience, I can say that every time when I watched Russian television they tried to put Ukraine in a bad way. Also, all news releases in Russia begun with news about Ukraine. I was curious what’s going on in Ukraine, therefore, I asked my friend who lives in Ukraine whether all this is true? He said, that situation in Ukraine is much calmer and that the news I watched all exaggerated.

The video below is the US position from 5.11.2015. We can see that Russia promotes and provoking a new Cold War.

Also, to see clearly a mismatch of information in the news in different countries, I asked my friends from different countries to answer the question: «What is said in the news about Ukraine crisis in your country?» Their answers show that the information war is a real situation.



PUTIN’S INFORMATION WARFARE IN UKRAINE. (2015, September). Retrieved December 2,2015, from




Hello my future readers!

I would like to introduce you to my blog that will be devoted to information warfare. With the entry of humanity in an era of modern information wars, there was a qualitative change. Physical destruction still has a value, but a decisive confrontation is unfolding today in the global media. And this has led to a fundamental paradigm shift in the war — the struggle is now not so much physical, now is on a spiritual level, nowadays world is fighting for the souls of human. In my opinion this is the most dangerous method of warfare, because such influence on the mass consciousness can lead to stereotypes, racism, and even the outbreak of real war. This topic is very interesting, because the information war is permanent, and we do not notice it. In connection with the latest events in the world, many of us feel it, and the topic has become very discussed in the network. This subject is sharp enough, so that it refers to a policy, and I want to warn you that I remain a neutral party in all future issues and I am not going to accuse anyone’s political methods or put one above the other country.

According to the issue of the information war, I became interested in seriously a few months ago, when arrived to study in Prague. I was riding in a taxi and the driver started the dialogue with question: «How do you feel about Russia?» I replied that I have nothing against, and asked counter question: «Why do you ask me about this?» He explained that he is interested in it, because he wanted to know what say in my country about this situation. And during the dialogue, we realized that in the Czech Republic and in Kazakhstan a completely different looks on the same situation.But most of all I was worried that the driver did not hide his negative attitude towards Russia, and in that moment I understood how dangerous the information war, and that it develops nationalism.

The purpose of this blog is to show the real picture of what is happening in the world of media and how the information war is conducted today. Also in this blog will address the latest hot events, how the media in different countries broadcasted the information about these events, and expert opinion on this subject.

Consideration of this subject from my point of view is extremely important because using a strategy of information warfare one country can configure all their population against a particular country or culture.

I hope readers will find it useful and will remember while watching or reading the news, that sometimes the information can be misinformed or presented only from one point of view.