Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (U.C. Berkeley). My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ My author website is here: www.terikanefield.com/ Jul. 21, 2019 1 min read

(Short Thread) Responding to a Firehose of Falsehoods

If Trump is creating a situation that will enable him to lie and undermine election results if he loses,👇yes, we combat it by calling it now.

A Rand Institute study on combating Russian style propaganda techniques explains.

1/ A Russian propaganda techniques is called the Firehose of Falsehood.
 https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html 

The Firehose of Falsehood is effective because if public is drenched with enough lies, eventually people get worn out and give up trying sort out truth from fiction.

2/ Once this happens, what sociologists call the "public sphere" is destroyed: People have no common reality, and democracy will not work.
 https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199756841/obo-9780199756841-0030.xml 

There is nothing we can do to prevent Trump from lying. He’s going to lie as surely as he is going to breathe.

3/ From the researchers: “Don’t expect to counter the firehose of falsehood with a squirt gun of truth.”(p.9)

Instead of trying to refute each lie, which isn't effective, the researchers suggest preparing the population to expect lies.  https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html 

4/ The idea is to put raincoats on the population so the lies just roll off.

If the people expect Trump to lie— if they know he lies more often than not—we can just shrug and say, “There he goes again. Lying. Pay no attention.”

The public sphere remains intact.

5/ When Trump says, “The election was rigged,” the majority of people were expecting it, so they shrug, ignore him, and move on with the inauguration of a new president.

Nice, right?

Here's the study:  https://www.rand.org/pubs/perspectives/PE198.html 

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