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How social media shot down wartime propaganda

Pendry, Richard (2018) How social media shot down wartime propaganda. . internet. (KAR id:103034)


Reporters in the First World War, as Ernest Hemingway had it, either “wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought”.

That war provided an important lesson for governments. If they could put reporters into uniform as ‘War Correspondents’ they could appeal to their patriotism to produce heavily censored, upbeat copy designed to boost morale — in other words, propaganda. (The initial idea of a ‘WC’ patch was abandoned in favour of ‘C’ for Correspondent.)

Item Type: Internet publication
Uncontrolled keywords: reporting, conflict, war, propaganda, open-source, newsgathering, online
Subjects: A General Works
T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Centre for Journalism
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Richard Pendry
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2023 14:54 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2024 06:12 UTC
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