On #MeToo and Brandjacking of Social Movement Campaigns

Clearly, a brandjacked and counterfeited social cause is a serious issue. When pinpointing and punishing a few guilty scapegoats is generally prescribed as a solution to a complex issue, there is less urgency to promote real structural changes. By trivializing the campaign, multiple influencers with vested interests stonewall the necessary development of numerous matters such as women’s autonomy, broken legal systems, and institutionalized structural violence in Hollywood.

The Benefits of Bureaucratic Leadership: When There is No Character to Assassinate

By Sergei Samoilenko In March 2017, Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist, and his Anti-Corruption Foundation launched a large-scale investigation campaign “Don’t Call Him Dimon.”  An investigative video posted on YouTube accused Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister and former president of Russia, of creating a corrupt network of charity foundations and soliciting bribes from …

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Responding to Misinformation and Character Assassination in Science

By Sergei Samoilenko Last week I had a chance to discuss several issues related to character attacks against scientists with my colleagues at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In April 2017, thousands of scientists took to the streets in Washington, D.C. and more than 600 other cities worldwide in a unanimous …

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Social Media and Politics Podcast Features CARP Co-Founder

By Katya Beisel CARP's Sergei Samoilenko spoke with the University of Copenhagen's Michael Bossetta for an episode of the Social Media and Politics podcast. You can listen to Serge (and the rest of the podcast) here. To learn more about Serge's research interests, check out his past contributions to the CARP blog: Responding to Misinformation …

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