“Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance”1.
Abstract. The journalistic videos about the protests in Russia in winter 2021 show the extend of manipulation with visual content, which the viewer tends to believe more than the written text. The key media of Germany, the UK, France, Poland and Russia, which published videos from the Russian protests, were taken into account. The study showed fundamental differences in the coverage of the protests between the Russian media and the media of named European countries. The main reason for this contrast, as expected, is in the Russian information machine, which deliberately puts a distorted picture of reality into the heads of its viewers. On the other hand, there are questions to the European footages from Russia, which to a much lesser extent, but still have signs of bias.
Keywords: video, manipulation, propaganda, Russian protests, Russian media
PhD in social communication, associate professor of the Department of Foreign Press and Information, the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, Ukraine
Master of Journalism and Social Communication, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszow, Poland, independent journalist, Poland
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