Educators prepare people for full participation in contemporary culture. The Media Education Lab is exploring the theme of propaganda because it is a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives. As citizens of a global media landscape, the ability to recognize and resist propaganda is important. In helping build people’s critical thinking and communication skills, we seek to promote dialogue and discussion about what constitutes contemporary propaganda and how it may have positive, benign or negative impact on individuals and society. We respect the power of digital crowdsourcing, active interpretation, and reflection as a means to cultivate robust yet respectful dialogue about the wide variety of forms of contemporary propaganda that surround us in our cultural environment.
Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda resulted from a collaboration between Renee Hobbs and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in developing educational programming and resources to support the special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. At the Museum, David Klevan led the website initiative. At the Media Education Lab, Renee Hobbs, Kaylen Shimoda, Frank Baker, Jonathan Friesem, Sandy McGee and Lili Schlesser contributed to the development of the program. Special thanks to JoAnna Wasserman whose insight on propaganda (past and present) inspired us all. Web design and production services were provided by Night Kitchen Interactive.