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,





“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