Propaganda in My Life (150 points)

Make a comprehensive examination of propaganda in your life today.

DUE: September 19

Princeton communication psychology professor Hadley Cantril once pointed out that we must “understand our own biases, the forces in the environment that have given us our particular status and our particular opinions” (Cantril, 1938, 220). Although it is perhaps inevitable that we will accept propaganda that suits our personal interests and reinforces our identity, the processes of selecting, filtering and assessing propaganda can be made more intentional and mindful through personal reflection.

Pay special attention to the websites, newspapers, books, movies, music, videogames, TV shows and the social media networks that you use for one week. Consider how many different forms of propaganda you encounter there. You may find propaganda in entertainment, advertising, news and journalism, public relations, politics and government, education and even in forms of activism and advocacy. Review the worksheet to get inspired on finding examples from your life.

Compose an essay that describes and comments on six different current examples of propaganda in your life. Use key ideas from the readings to explain why these particular examples are forms of propaganda. Be sure to include at least two images in your blog post, and where appropriate, use hyperlinks to relevant content. Expected length: 1,000 – 2,000  words.

Criteria for Evaluation
1. My essay provides a comprehensive examination of propaganda in my life, with special focus on six examples of propaganda in entertainment, advertising, news, journalism and public relations, politics and government, education, and activism and advocacy.
2. The content is well-organized with good use of descriptive writing that helps the reader visualize examples and understand my own interpretation of these messages, which may be potentially beneficial or harmful. I have used subheads to organize my writing plus a minimum of one visual image and one hyperlink to web content in my essay.
3. I have made explicit reference to some ideas from the course readings to deepen my interpretation of propaganda in my life, using the practices of summarizing, paraphrasing and direct quotation. I have used author-date citation and included a works cited list in APA format.  I have posted the essay to my website and tweeted a link to it, using the #COM416 hashtag.