Fake News, Politics, and Popular Culture
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Course Number: NCOM 3219
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
When it comes to current events, especially politics, who really gives us the truth, and how is it disseminated? Should we rely on mainstream broadcast and cable news? Is the "fake news" from the late-night talk shows or Hollywood movies or independent documentaries just as or more reliable? To find the truth in news, documentary media, and reality-based media, the viewer must be able to distinguish fiction and propaganda from reality. In this course, various media are analyzed to reveal the methods by which actual documentary material can be manipulated to create fake news. Clips from government propaganda films (U.S. and foreign), Hollywood films about recent and current events, documentaries, and conventional and unconventional news programs are viewed and discussed. These are compared with alternative modes of getting out the news, especially new online media represented by YouTube, blogs, and social media but also traditional media such as song (calypso, folk, and rap).