9 Europolity: Continuity & Change Eur. Governance 45 (2015)
Mass-Mediated Ukranian Conflict

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                               Teodora DOBRE
                    The National Institute for Intelligence Studies

                        Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
                                                              Napoleon Bonaparte

Modern   conflicts are defined in  terms  of technological development  and
innovation. Cyclically, the emergence of new technology propels society towards
progress. Launching the personal computer in 1974, development of the World
Wide  Web  and later, of the mobile technology are examples not of mere business
innovations, but of values  which  determined change  in  matters of mental,
relational and behavioural patterns on a macro level. The existing brands grant the
illusion of power-holding to the population. If the contestations of political regimes
in the Middle East, organized through social media platforms, proved that the
Internet and especially the social networking sites are democratic instruments,
used  for expressing the will of the  people, in what  regards the  binomial
relationship social networking and Russian Federation, we maintain scepticism.
The international security environment, as it is foreshadowed in the present, can be
defined in terms  of conflict and uncertainty. For Europe, one of the biggest
challenges, security-wise, was and is the Ukrainian crisis. During the military
crisis, the Russian Federation used on a large scale the media instruments to create
ostensibly the legitimacy of its actions. Starting from simple scenarios, portraying
the fight between good and evil, Kremlin perfected in time its propaganda means
and symbolism.  The article focuses on how the Russian propaganda works more
than on  what  it conveys and addresses the issue of recent developments  in
technology and software and how they were used as incubators for propaganda.

Mass-media; New  media; Propaganda; Russia; Social networking; Ukraine


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