Not as much, no. I didn’t believe any politician. But at least it was American in origin.
So, I learned to look for clues as to what made Russian based memes / humor / arguments distinct from ignorant American and there’s a difference.
Nationalist? nah. I want one-world govt done right (I won’t live to see it.
But meanwhile, I have basic civic patriotism and I like the American ideals that I like. I want the class-free society promised by one of the American Dreams but not delivered and think it’s possible.
and.. “Just because everybody’s doing it, doesn’t make it ok”
All you’re going to find is pot calling the kettle black.
But meanwhile, I can use discernment and decide what’s relevant to me. Most of it isn’t anyway.
I’m not establishing a standard for you or anybody by the way.
Public relations and propaganda and news is flawed. That’s a given.
But without any of it, we’d know nothing of anything going on.
So it’s what we have to work with.
So from that, what can I extract that’s useful?
Most isn’t. A few things are. I just look for those few things.
He said/she said stuff doesn’t interest me. Secret puppetmasters don’t interest me.
My assumption is: Most of what happens in the world is boring.
The more dramatic it appears, the more likely it’s creative storytelling.
I translated a Russian programming language book that I wanted to read in 2015. For fun, I set my translated chapter 1 to video in text to speech next to original Russian text-to-speech, Russian in left ear, English in right ear.
I understand a little Russian but not enough to be usable for much.
Taking both sides then starting a fight and hoping we join in. Sometimes it works.