Fact versus Fake: How to Tell the Difference Between Propaganda and Reportage | Mechanics' Institute

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Fact versus Fake: How to Tell the Difference Between Propaganda and Reportage

This Class has been canceled due to insufficient interest.

You've heard of "fake news", but beyond one of those political catchphrases that masquerades a lack of deep understanding, what IS it? In a word, it's propaganda.

If you'd like to know how to tell the difference between reporting and agitprop, join us for a class on sifting facts from fiction. After defining types of communication, we will examine historical examples, and apply critical thinking skills to current media. Examples of individuals whose work questions the dominant narrative will be used to show that news can have bias without being disinformation, as contrasted with the emotional and rhetorical characteristics of true propaganda, or "fake news".

This is an information literacy class, in which you will learn to differentiate authoritative sources from clickbait and other deceptive "information" sources on social media, the web, and in print.

The class will be hosted in January during the day, and repeats in February as an evening class at MI. Register in advance if interested; this class will be canceled if a minimum threshold of interest and participation is not met.

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Admission: 
Members only; Free
Location: 
3rd Floor Library - Classroom A
Questions?
Heather Terrell - 415-857-6727

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