In Depth

In-depth analysis of propaganda and disinformation campaigns, explaining how and why they work.


April 13, 2022

The Populist Playbook

The playbook behind populism that continues to fuel its global rise.

By Nathan Yax and Angela Fraioli
Published: April 13, 2022


February 07, 2022

The Appeal of Conspiracy Theories

How do certain conspiracy theories catch on and why are we so inclined to believe them?

By Kelcee Sykes
Published: February 07, 2022


November 19, 2021

The Durability of a Straw Man

How straw men rely on the brain's tendency to take cognitive "shortcuts" and why they are so durable and effective.

By Jahnavi Akella
Published: November 19, 2021


November 12, 2021

10 Ways to Spot a Foreign Troll

How social media posts from foreign actors fuel polarization and undermine democratic institutions.

By Blaire Hobbs
Published: November 12, 2021


August 13, 2021

A Return to Scapegoating

Why we see prominent political figures reverting back to scapegoating and demonization.

By Keren Binderman
Published: August 13, 2021


April 19, 2021

Poisoning-the-Well Narratives

How poisoning the well can insulate a politician from governmental oversight and media scrutiny.

By Nicholas Jaramillo and Samy Amanatullah
Published: April 19, 2021


January 27, 2021

The Paradox of The Big Lie

Exploring the paradox of why colossal, outlandish lies can often be easier to believe than smaller mistruths.

By Tanvi Mishra and Nicholas Jaramillo
Published: January 27, 2021


October 07, 2020

Weaponizing Authenticity

How astroturfing creates the illusion of authenticity and faux consensus.

By Brennen Mahon
Published: October 07, 2020


September 14, 2020

The Power of a Dog Whistle

From "law and order" to MAGA - why dog whistles may be even more powerful than overt appeals to racism.

By Katy Glynn
Published: September 14, 2020


August 04, 2020

The Story of Two Brexit Campaigns

Anti-intellectualism vs. guilt by association: The story of two Brexit campaigns.

By Katy Glynn
Published: August 04, 2020


November 22, 2019

Propaganda in the Third Reich

The success of Nazi ideology can be understood through the role of propaganda in the Third Reich.

By Nicholas O'Shaughnessy
Published: November 22, 2019


August 30, 2019

The Origins of Fake News

The origins of fake news and how it can be used to destroy a democracy from the inside.

By Tara Jons
Published: August 30, 2019


July 19, 2019

Why Nicknames are so Effective

How nicknames exploit a glitch in the human psyche that equates repetition and familiarity with truth.

By Katy Glynn
Published: July 19, 2019


April 20, 2018

FUD as a Public Service Announcement

Sinclair's infamous scripted announcement for nearly 200 of its local news anchors.

By KC Dennison
Published: April 20, 2018


March 11, 2015

The Origins of Propaganda

The origins of propaganda through the work of Edward Bernays and the resulting birth of American consumerism.

By Tara Jons
Published: March 11, 2015