Media, Public Relations and Propaganda

This course looks at how the industries of media and public relations have been used as instruments of social control and propaganda by economic and political elites. Examined will be the following: the historical roots of the public relations industry in government propaganda efforts; the contemporary influence of the public relations industry on public debate of social issues; the role of public relations in distorting discussion of the military/industrial complex; the effects of structuring media systems around the needs of advertisers; the role of media and public relations in how the public understands both domestic and international issues (such as war).

Course Details

Campus: 
Amherst
Format: 
Online
Level: 
Undergraduate
Subject: 
Communications
Number: 
COMM 289
Semester: 
Summer 2017
Registration Status: 
Closed
Registration: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017
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