Interpreting disinformation

Carolyn N. BILTOFT

Writing in the 1920s and 1930s on subjects ranging from comparative history to propaganda and “false news”, Marc Bloch underscored the fact that knowledge is circumscribed by asymmetries in the manner in which it is generated. In an age in which political discourse is becoming increasingly strident, Bloch’s emphasis on analytic sophistication as the best line of defence against disinformation retains its relevance today.