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A state-of-the-art look at the theory and practice of propaganda in contemporary society

In our “post-truth” world, with children and adults alike participating in a ubiquitous, nonstop stream of social media, the lines blur between entertainment, information, and persuasion.  Using current references and lasting practices, Renee Hobbs shows how to build the critical thinking and communication skills that students need to navigate not just school but life.

Replete with dynamic classroom and online learning activities for learners of all ages, Mind Over Media is a comprehensive resource for teaching about media literacy including partisanship, computational propaganda, content marketing, fake news, and algorithmic personalization in entertainment,

 

 

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“Our era’s most important book on propaganda... Reading Mind Over Media should convince you that it’s not too late to take back control—not just of the media but also of our own thought processes.”

-Douglas Rushkoff, author of several bestsellers including Present Shock

 

“Mind Over Media is essential reading, now that we and our children are immersed in a new world of social media, viral memes, and computational propaganda... Media literacy is now a vital tool for the defense of democracy.”

-Howard Rheingold, author of Net Smart, former Stanford Lecturer on Social Media Literacies

 

“Mind Over Media is the best resource for educators at all levels who want to help students become responsible critics, users—and creators—of propaganda in all its forms.”

–Peter Levine, Ph.D., Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Tisch College of Civic Life, Tufts University

 

“In Mind Over Media, Hobbs provides us with the most comprehensive take on the ecosystem of propaganda yet. This is not only a book for educators, but for all who are interested in better understanding how our digital culture is influencing society today.”

–Paul Mihailidis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Civic Media and Journalism, Graduate Program Director, Media Design, Emerson College

 

More Reviews

A critically important factor in accounting for the extreme political, social, and culture polarization of the American public today is that digital media in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and 'information/news' web sites (especially on the far right and left of our political spectrum) informs more American citizens than traditional radio, television, newspaper, and magazine formats. This makes "Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age" a critically important and essential addition to community, college, and library Political Science in a Digital Age collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists.

 

It should be noted for students, academia, political activists, governmental policy makers, digital media corporate executives, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject that "Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age" is also readily available in a digital book format (Kindle, $16.17).

 

-Midwest Book Reviews

 

Just like other books by Renee Hobbs, this book is theoretically deep while practical and easily applicable. Her books are very kind to readers - with an in-depth explanation of the concept and ideas, thoroughly explained examples, and step-by-step explanations of in-class activities.  Of course, this book is not an exception. The book is full of great ideas and instructional practices of propaganda education. The book also inspired me with different teaching practices and activities. Highly recommend this book to educators and anyone who believes that we all need to be more critical and informed. 

--Jiwon Yoon