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g-f(2)169 THE BIG PICTURE OF THE DIGITAL AGE (3/15/2021), Harvard, Harvard EdCast: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age.

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  • Why teaching about propaganda and all the ways it is disseminated is an important step toward understanding and strengthening our democracy.
  • “When you start to learn about propaganda, you inevitably realize the value and the importance of multiperspectival thinking,” she says. “The ability to think about a topic from a range of different points of view turns out to be incredibly powerful, to activate intellectual curiosity, to promote reasoning, to encourage genuine value judgements.”
  • Hobbs shares that understanding propaganda and being able to analyze, critique, and create it can strengthen democracy and impact the growing polarization in the country.
  • While most of us don’t think about propaganda as something occurring today, it is everywhere.
  • Propaganda is part of our news, entertainment, education, social media, and more.
  • In order to understand the complexities of propaganda, we have to teach it, says Renee Hobbs, Ed.D.’85, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Hobbs' new book, Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age is the winner of the AAP PROSE Award for Excellence in Social Sciences for 2021.
  • She also created a variety of digital resources to accompany the book, including the Propaganda Gallery, a crowdsourced collection of over 3,500 examples of contemporary propaganda suitable for educational use.
  • In this episode of the Harvard EdCast, Hobbs shares how to revitalize propaganda education in the digital age.
    • Propaganda education can fit in across all parts of the curriculum.
    • A key goal of propaganda education is how to interpret messages while being mindful and strategic. 
    • Reinforce basic media literacy education practices in the home. Have conversations about who is the author of this message, what is their purpose, when we're playing a game, when we're reading a picture book, when we're checking out the Facebook feed, and when we're talking with grandma on the Zoom. Who's the author, what's the purpose tends to be a really great way to help kids understand that messages are created by people who have motives and purposes.

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