Propaganda 101: Spotting It, Fighting It, Beating It (June 2019)

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Propaganda 101: Spotting It, Fighting It, Beating It (June 2019)

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This course will examine why "fake" and hyperpartisan news stories gain so much traction on the Internet, and explore what vigilant people can do to fight back.

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Date: Tuesdays, June 11, 18, and 25
Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Location: SE Uplift | 3534 SE Main St.

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We know that our 2016 elections were compromised by propaganda, both foreign and domestic. The question now is what happens next.

With 2020 on the horizon, this course will prepare you to be a savvy news consumer and an effective truth-teller within your social networks. We'll discuss why Facebook and Twitter were so susceptible to propaganda campaigns in 2016, and what they have (and haven't) done to strengthen their safeguards.

We'll also weigh the pros and cons of different strategies for combatting propaganda, from fact-checking to personal dialogue. By the end of the course, you'll be prepared to defend the truth in 2020—even if you're not looking forward to it.

Week 1: What *is* Propaganda? - We'll dig into the nuanced distinctions between "fake news," hyperpartisan news, and sensationalized news, and discuss strategies for telling the difference.

Week 2: Should We Use or Refuse Facebook? - There's a growing movement to boycott social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, but is that an effective strategy for limiting their influence? Or does it just turn over our country's largest public square to "the other side"? We'll explore these questions and weigh the pros and cons of engaging vs. disengaging on social media.

Week 3: The 2020 Toolkit - We'll get into the weeds and talk about specific strategies for fighting back against propaganda in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

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Ben DeJarnette is the founding director of the local news publication Bridgeliner, and co-author of the book Reimagining Journalism in a Post-Truth World: How Late-Night Comedians, Internet Trolls, and Savvy Reporters are Transforming News.