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MIA “Russia today” for the first time, answered two questions: whether the collective West doesn’t like us — or is it a myth of our propaganda? And if it’s not a myth, for what we don’t like?Studied publications of the leading media of all G7 countries during the six months dedicated to our country, just 82 thousands. They were then divided into positive, neutral and negative.In the “positive” hit any praise, including “in Russia, a convenient train ride”, “Russian ballet will perform well in Paris,” “at the Japanese Embassy in Moscow to celebrate Shrove Tuesday” and “Germany opened the Russian pizza chain, it’s delicious”. In “neutrality” got the message without any judgments — like “Putin met with Abe”, “Russia proposes new format for talks on the denuclearization of Korea and in Russia started its work the business forum”. In the “negative” left stories about the misdeeds of Russia in the outside world, the crimes of the state against citizens in Russia and crimes of the citizens themselves.The result: the average for the “Big seven” 50% of the articles — is sharply negative. Positive is two percent.The rest of the neutral message is either informational texts like “I went — met” or “on the one hand, Russia is doing badly and the other well”.Country Champions:— most of all about Russia written by the British media (25 thousand publications);— less all — canadian (less than four thousand. However, the canadian population is small);— positive all — Italian media (as much as 13% positive publications, i.e. twice less than negative);— negative all — the US media (such publications as much as 90%), positive — 0,2%;— all neutrals — France (70% of the articles).And now to the point.What’s good in Russia? In principle, this could never be taken into account: what is two percent of the publications. The more that no Italian media positive would be typed and percent.
10 Oct, 14:54Европарламент called on social networks to combat the “threat of Russian propaganda”But nevertheless: good thing we are individual athletes, ballet theatre and historical sites. In other words, the “good Russian” in the presentation media of the advanced countries are stuck in about 120-year-old vintage. Somewhere where Chekhov, Russian seasons, the Golden domes and crafts for tourists. The same Russia, by the way, was good in the 90s. All the rest of us bad.But what is significant: much of this “bad” for us in General sounds as a compliment. Because it is “bad” — description of many of the dark arts, in which we are ahead of the world.
First and foremost, we, of course, interfere in the lives of other powers — and we do it with monstrous efficiency. We chose trump in America, we staged a Brexit in the UK. We pulled up to the power of the right and the populists in Italy, Germany and Austria. In Canada, we really did nothing — but that’s no obstacle: the top “Russian” theme semester in the local media was the possibility of Russian interference in their elections, coming this October.Teams of Russian trolls travel through the social network, restoring all against each other (especially American blacks against the whites and trapistov against Democrats), forcing owners to introduce censorship. Poisonous Russian propaganda RT and Sputnik sow fakes or at least biased presents event, “promoting Pro-Russian views”. Russian spy poisoned Skipala and random victims, redhead Russian spy rubbed the confidence of influential persons. Secret units of the GRU are planning coups all over Eastern Europe.A typical headline: “Elections in Europe: intelligence agencies will observe the Russian intervention” (Zeit).Secondly, we are stepping up its aggressive military power. This is consistently the theme of the number two. We threaten Scandinavia, threatening the UK and the USA. We supply weapons to undemocratic regimes across the globe. We forced America to withdraw from the INF Treaty, and the Balts and the poles to increase their contingents of NATO at our borders. Ukraine hybrid we are winning, and in Venezuela, Syria and even in Africa not allowed to defeat democracy.Typical headlines: “Hypersonic nuclear missiles, Putin can within seconds destroy London”, “Russian nuclear weapons in Venezuela?” (Daily Express).In the third place the Russian government stifles freedom in Russia, brutally chasing protesters, artists and sexual minorities, as well as appropriating the title of foreign agents foreign agents. Typical headlines: “Putin Criticized the journalist was killed in mysterious accident” (Mail Online), “I survived Putin’s GULAG” (Bild), “Rampant police brutality at the rally in the capital” (Les Echos).And only in the fourth place, we are impoverished, corrompues, drink too much and kill (“Russia: his father in months was holding his ten year old son on a chain”).With a separate program are the Japanese media. There our main evil — withholding Smoked (“Russia, stop being stubborn!”, “It is unacceptable to deny the fact of illegal occupation”)….What’s worth noting.First. If you remove the dread of the evil Russian power — Russia-2019 in the Western media will not differ from Russia-1999 (despite the huge change that happened in real life of the country).That is, of course, you can do so that we wrote little, write a little today, for example, comparable with Russia on the population of Bangladesh or the Philippines. For this you just need to get closer to Bangladesh in the economic, social, scientific and military development. This Republic has no threatening military might, nor its global YouTube network, no ubiquitous intelligence.
But here’s the thing: a positive image of Bangladesh in Western media, strangely enough, is still there. The theme with which this country erupts on the pages of leading publications, — poverty, corruption, prostitution and protests. That is about the same as what we wrote about twenty years ago, when we were at a historical bottom.Second. It is easy to see that the image of Russia-2019 is based mostly not on any of our apparent actions, and analytical reports (on possible intervention), expert forecasts (about the future threats) and hirowatari leaks (about a covert sabotage). In other words, although Russia-2019 and swept the world’s machinations, but they are invisible. And to bring them to light in Western countries, there is a whole class of mediarecover to retrieve these Russian intrigues to light.Yes, you did. Russia in the Western media finally took shape as the good old devil. And that’s what he is, what was in the previous Millennium: at the same time in hell and trying to get to hell all the good people on the planet. There seems to be, in the Russian underworld, all the bad and scary (and therefore, by definition, can not be effective, because the market is not free and liberalism is not). But the Russian underworld invisibly and secretly behind all strife, and the heightened challenges and victories of wrong politicians in the free world. If someone forgot something and the invasion of migrants in Europe we do.And this is an interesting symptom. We already wrote that tsunami name Greta Thunberg, swept away the advanced countries, has all the features of archaic hysterical cult: there is a threat of imminent Ragnarok, and the separation of all people on the conscious and unconscious lambs goats on a simple criterion “relationship with her”, and even a virgin (in the old, literal sense) in the center of the phenomenon.Now add to this the cult is as irrational in fact a way the Dark of Russia, penetrating everywhere with its temptations and infecting the good people of populism, intolerance and homophobia. When in Minneapolis, protesters against the US President carried placards reading “tramp — Russian!”, they meant only that trump is pure, unalloyed evil.It turns out that in the midst of the information age advanced information societies of our planet is not driven by a rational analysis of the real facts. No, instead successfully operate a simple archetypal imagery: some of the immaculate virgin, some Gandalf and dumbldore who was studying the secret plans of the Enemy, and, in fact, the Enemy (that’s us).If you call a spade a spade — it says only about one. “Picture of peace” in countries that we habitually believe the advanced, written now by the canons of thousands of years ago. And if these canons are not very fit to reality — it’s not a problem. A reality almost identical to natural, now you can simply construct one and a half of expert opinions and reports.And this practically means one of two things. Or elite advanced Western countries are living in reality, and their people fed the old myth with orcs and elves. In this case they build for their peoples a rather bleak dystopia.Or elite advanced Western countries they live in relayed their myth. Then long they stayed and continue to consider themselves advanced — because reality always beats the myth.Victor Marakhovskii