Today I’m joined by Renee Hobbs, who is an expert in digital and media literacy education. She’s the author of Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age and for 30 years has helped educators across four contents integrate digital and media literacy into all subject areas and grade levels.
In this episode, Renee unpacks what propaganda is, why we should be aware of it, and how it really affects and influences us. A topic as timely as ever these days!
00:49 Information in today’s era
02:35 Propaganda is everywhere
04:19 News and facts
06:03 Definition of propaganda
09:02 The power of language
15:29 Media’s role in society
19:36 Conspiracy theories
20:25 Stereotypes vs. embracing complexity
23:55 Self-interest is inescapable
27:02 Manage your rage
29:57 Propaganda is in the eye of the beholder
31:54 Searching for opposing beliefs
34:55 The learning journey with podcasts
37:50 Learning by creating media