The Collaborative Nature of Modern Subversive Campaigns

By Sergei A. Samoilenko In January 2019, fake editions of The Washington Postwere handed out by members of culture jamming activist group the Yes Men at several Washington D.C. locations. The group’s co-founder Jacques Servin told the real Post that the fake paper was meant to be a newspaper from the future providing ideas for how... Continue Reading →

The Amsterdam Colloquium: Some Thoughts

By Martijn Icks On June 21st, Edwina Hagen and I organized the colloquium “Character Assassination! Media and Mudslinging from Caligula to King Gorilla” in Amsterdam. We invited experts on various periods in Western history to discuss practices of character assassination from an historical perspective. Comparing various case studies, we hoped to shed light on some... Continue Reading →

On Our Terminology

By Eric Shiraev Image:Wikimedia Commons/John Tenniel "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less…." One memorable line from Alice in Wonderlandand two others that would follow have prompted these remarks on the meaning of few terms that we,... Continue Reading →

CA trends to follow in 2019

By Sergei A. Samoilenko In this blog post, I continue the tradition of observing cultural tendencies relevant to the study of CA and reputation management. Last year, the world witnessed a major cultural shift towards new values created by social movements, technological progress, and the populist political order.  In 2019, American society will continue to be... Continue Reading →

Outing Eulenburg: A German Scandal

By Martijn Icks “Outing” politicians and other public figures as gay against their wishes is a long-established practice in modern journalism. Some reporters regard it as just another scoop when they can reveal a celebrity’s hidden sexual preference or gender identity. Others have ideological motives. They may want to advance the gay cause, or expose... Continue Reading →

As Crazy As Caligula? [Part 2]

By Henri van Nispen Caligula is clearly a case of imperial madness and hardly suitable for serious reflection upon today’s problems. I care to differ. It is a set phrase to say that every historian reflects his own interests as well as those of the Zeitgeist. Pondering the ruler of his day, the German medievalist... Continue Reading →

The Grinch Who Assassinated Christmas

If you’ve been reading this blog and the work of CARP for awhile, you know that we have been pretty clear that only people have character to assassinate. (Whether collectives of people like corporations or nations have character is something we have, admittedly, not resolved to our satisfaction. Let’s put a pin in that one... Continue Reading →

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