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Webaganda
« on: December 16, 2005, 12:47:13 PM »
WEBAGANDA
Lee Richards, December 2005


The word wide web has come of age with an estimated one billion users around the globe. Advances in computer technology allow almost anyone with the right software and creativity to produce impression digital art. Throw a political agenda into the mix and you have a Webagandist.

During the 1999 NATO war with Serbia, USENET groups and websites were flooded with political debate and propaganda. One effort that particularly caught my eye was the digital art produced by someone calling himself “Pravda” (Truth). Pravda produced imaginative anti-Miloshevich propaganda and was no doubt a skilled Photoshop artist. The messages may have been crude but the design demonstrated skill using the technology of the time with the internet providing a means to disseminate it to a global audience.



Pravda's opinion of Slobodan Miloshevich

Today a very talented Brazilian left-wing liberal artist named Carlos Latuff produces extreme anti-US and pro-Palestinian cartoons and caricatures. His level of creativity is astounding even if his messages are abhorrent. Occasionally he uses pornography, more often his work is ghoulish, and generally is amusing. He attacks Israeli policy towards the Palestinians and is violently anti-American. He pays particular attention to the war in Iraq and to capitalism. Latuff must be a Pepsi drinker, as he constantly snipes at Coco Cola by showing that the company is the root of all evil. McDonalds receives similar treatment. One of his cartoons fuels the ridiculous conspiracy theory that the US engineered the AIDS virus, with others furthering the myth that 9/11 was orchestrated by the CIA.



Latuff says his images are “copyleft” meaning he actively encourages his fellow “brothers and sisters-in-arts” to freely disseminate his propaganda around the internet, to reproduce it on t-shirts, as leaflets, in newspapers, and even on walls.

In his own words,
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“If you agree with my points of views and want to support me, please, don't waste your precious time in useless discussions with right-wingers. Don't feed flame wars with trolls.

You are fighting the fleas instead to fight the dog. Let's keep our focus on BIG dogs only.

The best thing you can do is to save my artworks, reproduce and forward them to other people. And let those right-wingers speaking alone... That's called STRATEGY!”

Latuff hero-worships the photo-montage satirist John Heartfield whose legendary work ridiculed Hitler and the Third Reich. Latuff’s artistic ability may approach that of Heartfield but mainly falls well short of the mark with his political message. He sees himself as a subversive and has faked a US Customs wanted poster with his own picture on it. However, I’m sure there’s few in the US Administration that take his work too seriously.


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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2005, 12:52:11 PM »
More examples of Pravda's anti-Serbian propaganda:-











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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2005, 03:27:09 PM »
More examples of Latuff's anti-American propaganda:-



Comparing Ariel Sharon to a Nazi



Comparing Ronald McDonald to Hitler!


A parody on Joe Rosenthal's famous photograph of raising the US flag at Iwo Jima



What Latuff thinks of Fox News - OK he might have a point with this one!  ;)



A swipe at corporate America based on the photograph by Eddie Adams showing a Vietcong officer being shot by police chief Nguyen Ngoc Loan



Alleging the AIDS virus was manufactured by the CIA



The US is going to provoke nuclear war by messing with the affairs of Korea



Alleging Blair was behind the death of Dr. David Kelly



Any moment now the hawks in the US military will push the nuclear button
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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2006, 08:04:09 AM »
these are impressive pics/ satiric pics. unfortunatley i never heard of him, but now i do, thats good!

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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 10:41:03 PM »
Here's a new one from Carlos reflecting on recent Israeli leaflet drops in Lebanon.



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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2007, 04:04:09 PM »
Personally i don't think Webaganda would work

the internet does not feed information like a TV, rather it provides information like a library.  you pretty much have to be a leftist to find leftist propaganda, you have to be an anti-semite to find anti-semite propaganda, and so on...

but the thing is, if you already hate jews... seeing sharon with a swastika  hardly changes anything..


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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 05:18:08 PM »
Good point, LKK, and I agree. I believe that most important battlefront for information warfare in the present day and age is the popular media. The major news networks pay greater attention to the messages broadcast by the leftists and the actions that they influence within the governing bodies than the actual outcomes of the battles. Although this is to be expected, it is also ever-so-subtly lending credibility to the claims of and proving to be a force multiplier for the enemy.  

BUT, it would be a great misstep to totally discount the webaganda, as the web has an increasingly stronger influence over the younger generations and it has the ability to rally like-minded groups worldwide, as evidenced by the Cartoon Protests.
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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2008, 08:31:23 PM »
While it is true that the most influential media remains television, the power of internet propaganda can further radicalize and motivate groups cocooned in a media bubble. In the case of the US, leftists receive their worldview by all types of media and use the Internet as a means of presserving the bubble. For others, it is a means of disseminating a vision (like Islamicism) across vast gulfs and with little restriction. While this would not be much of a factor in changing the majority of the populations' minds, it has a powerfull effect to radicalize smaller, partisan cadres.

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Re: Webaganda - Does internet propaganda work?
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2008, 06:00:51 PM »
Personally i don't think Webaganda would work

the internet does not feed information like a TV, rather it provides information like a library.  you pretty much have to be a leftist to find leftist propaganda, you have to be an anti-semite to find anti-semite propaganda, and so on...

but the thing is, if you already hate jews... seeing sharon with a swastika  hardly changes anything..


Not sure that I agree totally with your first point LKK100YR. With cable TV and the large number of channels and programming available, you still need to seek out what your looking for on television but can still stumble upon something unexpected through channel hopping. You can say the same about the internet, propaganda material can appear in expected places, like on forums, spam emails or randomly browsing through social networks etc.

I do agree with your second point, blatant propaganda like these images will not win anyone new to their cause, regardless of how creative they are. If more subtly done it can possibly be more effective, eg the virals that ridicule a political leader can influence the general population against them, particularly if the joke is too close  to the truth for comfort.

While it is true that the most influential media remains television, the power of internet propaganda can further radicalize and motivate groups cocooned in a media bubble. In the case of the US, leftists receive their worldview by all types of media and use the Internet as a means of presserving the bubble. For others, it is a means of disseminating a vision (like Islamicism) across vast gulfs and with little restriction. While this would not be much of a factor in changing the majority of the populations' minds, it has a powerfull effect to radicalize smaller, partisan cadres.

Yes I agree Pescarii.
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Webaganda - More anti-American propaganda from Carlos Latuff
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2008, 12:14:23 PM »
Some recent examples of Latuff's anti-American webaganda:

Russia Georgia conflict








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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2008, 01:46:41 PM »
You have a well researched web sight and take the subject of psych-war seriously but you do yourself down by publicizing this anti-american bull.

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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2008, 02:43:50 PM »
You have a well researched web sight and take the subject of psych-war seriously but you do yourself down by publicizing this anti-american bull.

Old Glory

Old Glory, firstly welcome to PsyWar.Org and thank you for your comment. You may have a point and I did think long and hard before posting this brief look at what I, tongue-in-cheek, call "Webaganda".

It is not PSYOP, which is why I did not add this to the main website and instead placed it in the Information Operations section of the discussion forum. I thought that those who study psychological warfare might find this modern form of personal political propaganda of interest.

As I said in the above article I do not hold any truck with Latuff's politics and do not take his brand of webaganda seriously. I must admit I do have a certain admiration for his artistic abilities though (there you are Carlos I've finally said it!  ;) ) .

However, there is a more serious side to this. For example, the accessibility of the internet and of powerful creative tools like PhotoShop, give amateur, stay-at-home Jihadists the means of creating and disseminating globally sophisticated propaganda promoting Islamic terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda. I have refrained from including examples of such here. This is potentially a serious threat to the US both externally and internally and this form of one-man-band information warfare needs to be studied and counter-acted don't you think?


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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2008, 03:12:51 PM »
You have a well researched web sight and take the subject of psych-war seriously but you do yourself down by publicizing this anti-american bull.

Old Glory

Old Glory, firstly welcome to PsyWar.Org and thank you for your comment. You may have a point and I did think long and hard before posting this brief look at what I, tongue-in-cheek, call "Webaganda".

It is not PSYOP, which is why I did not add this to the main website and instead placed it in the Information Operations section of the discussion forum. I thought that those who study psychological warfare might find this modern form of personal political propaganda of interest.

As I said in the above article I do not hold any truck with Latuff's politics and do not take his brand of webaganda seriously. I must admit I do have a certain admiration for his artistic abilities though (there you are Carlos I've finally said it!  ;) ) .

However, there is a more serious side to this. For example, the accessibility of the internet and of powerful creative tools like PhotoShop, give amateur, stay-at-home Jihadists the means of creating and disseminating globally sophisticated propaganda promoting Islamic terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda. I have refrained from including examples of such here. This is potentially a serious threat to the US both externally and internally and this form of one-man-band information warfare needs to be studied and counter-acted don't you think?




Thank you for the welcome and sharing your thoguhts. OK you have sold me.  :)

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South Korean amusing Webaganda, hacking North's YouTube Channel
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2011, 05:26:57 AM »
South Korean propagandists have hacked into the North's official website, Twitter account and YouTube channel.
This piece of droll webaganda was posted on the YouTube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Hne5M3gHY

Read more from the UK's Guardian newspaper here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/11/korea-hackers-mount-cyber-skirmishes
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Re: Webaganda - Carlos Latuff
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2011, 05:13:10 AM »
Interesting article on Webagandist Carlos Latuff in yesterday's Guardian newspaper:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/aug/22/carlos-latuff-cartoon-arab-spring









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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2012, 10:01:36 AM »
Interesting use of animation on YouTube to indoctrinate Argentine children in Falkland Islands propaganda:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQnatMs-l8o
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Re: Webaganda
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2014, 12:26:12 AM »
The ongoing crisis in Ukraine and Crimea has brought out the webagandists in strength, producing some imaginative organic political imagery. Not surprisingly social media has been the channel of dissemination particularly through Twitter, Facebook and the other current crop of popular sites.

While Putin's state-sponsored propaganda machine Russia Today attacks the Ukrainian Euromaidan movement as Western-sponsored right-wing fascists, the rather predictable homegrown response is to portray Putin as a new Hitler and to compare the annexation of Crimea by Russia with Germany's annexation of the Sudetenland and Austria in the late 1930's.

Some of the better examples of webaganda are shown below:


"Putin, hands off Ukraine!"


A beautifully drawn image by a Ukrainian tattoo artist of Putin as Hitler.




"No to Putalin!, No to the USSR!" Although marginally less clichéd than the Hitler-Putin depictions this may not resonate so clearly with the former countries of the Soviet Union.


Parody cartoon of the famous photograph taken during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.


February 2014 the world's eyes are on the Russian winter Olympics held at Sochi. The following month the Olympic rings turn into tank tracks as Russian troops enter Crimea.


Suggesting that numerous pro-Russian demonstrations were actually stage-managed. The same woman appearing at different demonstrations at different locations and different times.


Russian media claimed that thousands of Ukraine's were fleeing Crimea to Russia. These false claims were backed up using images of the Ukraine/Polish border.


Reflecting on the claims of Russian state media.




"Don't panic! Get organised!"


On the background of the Ukrainian flag and next to the Ukrainian national emblem, this simply says "Together" or "United".


Ukraine's interim Government sought the arrest of former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, leading to several mocked up "Wanted" posters circulating the internet.




The above two images comment on the legality of Putin's Crimea referendum.


Using the style of a Monopoly board game, what are Putin's future intentions?

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