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). Please note: if you have taken COMM 387, you cannot get credit for taking COMM 289.
Media, Public Relations and Propaganda
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to Thursday, December 29, 2016