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Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review

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Social Media: Mimesis and Warfare

Ignas Kalpokas
Published Online: 2016-12-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lfpr-2016-0026


Weaponisation of social media and online information is a real and emerging threat. Hence, this article aims to broaden our understanding of this phenomenon by introducing the concept of mimetic warfare. Borrowing from mimesis, or a particular representation of reality, this article delves into information conflicts as the ones involving a struggle between well-prepared comprehensive narratives that are intended to affect a target population’s cognition and behaviour. Mimesis as a concept is seen as particularly useful in explaining the multiplicity, proliferation and appeal of such representations and interpretations of facts, events or phenomena. The article then presents a case for the Western states’ proactive involvement in mimetic operations at the home front in order to maintain cohesion and not to cede ground to hostile foreign powers.

Keywords: Mimetic warfare; social media; strategic communications; information warfare; information security

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Published Online: 2016-12-22

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Lithuanian Foreign Policy Review, Volume 35, Issue 1, Pages 119–136, ISSN (Online) 1822-9638, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lfpr-2016-0026.

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