In This Issue
Vol. 28 Issue 18
AMERICA’S INFORMATION SOVEREIGNTY CRISIS
- THE RISE OF AMERICA’S POLARIZATION
- CRINK’S EVOLVING MISINFORMATION STRATEGY
- TACTICS OF IRANIAN MISINFORMATION AGENTS
- HOW DID WE GET HERE?
- WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT
An international network of tens of thousands of Misinformation Agents acting on behalf of China, Russia, Iran, and North Korea (CRINK) manipulate, radicalize, and polarize public debate in America. This week’s Global Report handicaps their tactics and strategy and explains what we can do about it.
We’ve all done it. It’s late at night, and the kids are finally in bed. Or maybe it’s midnight, and your partner is passed out next to you, snoring. But you can’t sleep. So you roll over and grab your phone from the bedside table.
You pull up Facebook, scrolling past a post from your Uncle Bill. Bill moved to Florida during the pandemic to avoid paying state income taxes, and he’s irate that the woke liberal mob has forced blue-chip companies to integrate ESG into their corporate reporting. “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS” reads his meme above a shared article about a decline in Amazon earnings.
Or maybe it’s Instagram, and you scroll past a video shared by your cousin Rylie, an artist who lives in a co-op in Oakland. She’s furious about a business owner who was filmed dumping cleaning fluid in a camp of unhoused individuals. “SCREW THIS CORPORATE PIG!! This is what’s wrong with America,” the video caption reads.
Or you check TikTok and see an update from your high-school friend Marnie, who moved to the Midwest to start a family. She’s built herself quite a following as a mommy blogger and personal inspiration coach, although lately her posts have been getting a little weird and conspiratorial.
“So thankful for friends and family who *see* the world, rather than bending to mind control conspiracies,” she posts alongside a photo of her and a handful of well-coiffed friends in matching yoga outfits. “#nomask #nofilter #novaccineimplant #notmyamerica”
Letting out a deep sigh, you shake your head and put the phone back down in dismay. Now you’re even less likely to fall asleep.
“America is so screwed up,” you think.
No one would blame you for the thought. But you wouldn’t be entirely right, either.
The ideas and opinions that rise to the top of the algorithmic churn on social-media platforms aren’t necessarily American.