Propaganda & Persuasion
Featured Sessions & Speakers
The conference will be fully online on Friday and Saturday, January 13 - 14, 2023 via Zoom. The conference schedule will include sessions featuring experts in the three key issue areas; open forums to allow for community building, networking, and the opportunity to grapple with new or challenging ideas; and an opening and closing plenary to identify common themes and cross-purposes across the conference strands. Presenters will model best practices in the use of digital texts, tools, and technologies for teaching and learning.
Why Focus on Propaganda and Persuasion?
With the rise of so-called fake news and concerns about disinformation, a hierarchy of genres has emerged in media literacy education. Educators and librarians generally see informational genres as superior to persuasive and entertainment genres. Because English teachers focus on logical reasoning and argument, students may not acquire the competencies to deal with non-rational, emotional, us-vs-them messaging. Teaching “persuasion knowledge” helps learners understand how persuasion works in advertising, public affairs, and in social media. Teaching about political advertising in the context of elections and democracy can also help push back on the “propaganda is bad” framing. But when and how should educators focus on the dark side of propaganda - including extremist discourses? What happens when media literacy educators try to tackle propaganda that sows racism, white supremacy, etc? How are hierarchies of credibility shaped by business models? Most importantly, how do we teach about propaganda without resorting to indoctrination?
STRAND THEMES AND SPEAKERS
Fear of Persuasion: What We're Not Teaching
How Storytellers Shift Culture
Strategies for Teaching about Propaganda and Persuasion: What Works