Andrey (azangru) wrote,

An interesting man, Stephen Kotkin. He authored two books on Stalin. He seems to be enough of an academic to be able to assume a historical distance when looking at contemporary Russia, and he paints it in very dismissive colors, saying that it makes little sense to draw parallels between Putin and Stalin. He also seems to be saying (though I am not sure I am interpreting him correctly) that Russia’s influencing attempts over social media are essentially just a facet of Americans’ own problem with social media. Curiosest of all, he is one of the few Americans I’ve heard not sharing the dominant Western position on Crimea: he says (at about 46 min.), "but the Crimea is going back to Ukraine the day after Texas goes back to Mexico". Somehow, this does not produce an indignant outcry from the audience. Which is refreshing: I am used to another position and other reactions:


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    Twelve thousand people pressed the button. Obviously most of them his followers, but still... interesting:

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    There's a recent supercut about how different media spun the Joe Rogan takes a horse dewormer story. What made the biggest impression on me is the…

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    Tweeted and retweeted by developers. Dunno. Been working for me. Can't speak to excellence, but certainly lots of stimulating humiliation:

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