Terrorism as Propaganda

If you did not participate in the live synchronous class, please watch the video and respond to the questions in the YouTube comment thread.


  1. Propaganda in the Past Week. What’s been in the news?
  2. Pepsi Social Activism Ad. We discuss the Pepsi Kendall Jenner ad and the public response to the #PepsiLivesMatter campaign.
  3. Terrorism as Propaganda. In what ways is terrorism a form of propaganda? What did you learn that you didn’t know before?
  4. Review key ideas learned by:
    1. Asking questions about “How a British PR Firm Helped Shape the War on Terror.
    2. Reading
      1. Winter, Charlie and Bach-Lombard Jordan (2016, February 13). Why ISIS Propaganda Works. The Atlantic.
      2. Winter, Charlie (2016, March 23). ISIS is Using the Media Against Itself. The Atlantic.
      3. Cottee, Simon (2015, December 24). The Challenge of Jihadi Cool.The Atlantic.
      4. Waddell, Kaveh (2016, June 22) A Tool to Delete Beheading Videos Before They Even Appear Online . The Atlantic.
    3. Playing “Don’t Be a Puppet” reflections on the  interactive Padlet Wall. 


Next week we will be exploring Chinese propaganda with Zoey Wang as the team leader:

  1. Take Quiz #3. Click here to take the quiz. It will be open from Friday, April 7 at 9 AM and close on Sunday at 12 PM midnight.
  2. Big Picture Perspective. Get oriented to the topic by reading about China Under Communist Rule and then take a look at Chinese Propaganda Posters.
  3. View and Discuss. Watch and comment on the video “Who Controls China’s Propaganda?” created by the comedy news organization China Uncensored. Then view and comment on the “CPC Members Respond to Brainwash Bias.”
  4. Get Closer. Watch the video, “Time for a Reunion” and identify some of the propaganda techniques used in this form of positive propaganda by making a comment on the YouTube comment thread.
  5. Even Closer. Each student is assigned to read one of the scholarly articles below. Please demonstrate your critical reading skills by highlighting, summarizing and analyzing using Kami for Chrome. Please include: (1) one highlighted passage, (2) one summary, (3) one comment and (4) one question. You may choose to respond to a peer for extra credit.
    1. AHERN, BERARD, BERRY, COLEMAN, A CUOZZO, DELANEY, DUKE, SALEH, SCHOFIELD: Qin, Bei, David Stromberg and Yanhui Wu (2017). Why does China allow freer social media: Protests vs surveillance and propaganda. Journal of Economic Perspectives 31(1), 117 -140.
    2. S. COUZZO, GIACONNE, HANNA, DUFFY, HAVER, SHANAHAN, TOUKUCI: Wang, Xiao. (2010). Entertainment, education or propaganda? An longitudinal analysis of China Central Television’s Spring Festival Galas. Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media 54(3), 391 – 406.
    3. HASSAN, MELIDOSSIAN, OCTEAU, REGAN, ROBINSON, VALLARO, VECCHIO: Edney, Sidney (2012). Soft Power and the Chinese Propaganda System. Journal of Contemporary China 21(78), 899- 814.


one more quiz… and

DUE: LEAP 4 May 4

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