Manufacturing dissent : assessing the methods and impact of RT (Russia Today)
Author(s)Graydon, Matthew G.(Matthew Galen)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies.
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The state-sponsored news network RT (formerly Russia Today) was launched in 2005 as a platform for improving Russia's global image. Fourteen years later, RT has become a self-described tool for information warfare and is under increasing scrutiny from the United States government for allegedly fomenting unrest and undermining democracy. It has also grown far beyond its television roots, achieving a broad diffusion across a variety of digital platforms. This thesis seeks to unravel and assess RT's historical roots, its creation and evolution, its methods, and ultimately its impact on American politics and society. Drawing on a broad analysis of RT's television, web, and social media content, I argue that RT strategically reconfigures traditional concepts of soft power, propaganda, and disinformation to spread disruption and doubt throughout the media landscape in a hybrid model that can be termed "Disinformation 2.0." I go on to ask if established frameworks for measuring media engagement are able to accurately capture RT's impact, given both the network's multi-platform structure and its subversion of conventional communication models.
Thesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, 2019Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 90-105).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Comparative Media Studies.