Synthesis II

We’re closing down to the finish line and considering the through lines and implications of this course, which has considered the rise of algorithmic online culture through a look at fake sponsored content, fake news, Russian disinformation, contemporary propaganda, extremists of all sorts, reflecting on the legal and institutional structures that support digital platforms and the racial and gender biases that are baked into the texts, tools and technologies we used for work, leisure, and citizenship. This week, we continue to reflect on the research process and the process of generating new knowledge. It’s a very personal and peculiar form of learning, as we see.

In this class, I share the work process underway as, with my colleague Igor Kanijaz, we analyze examples of coronavirus propaganda from the Mind Over Media propaganda gallery.

The closest I ever got to explaining my research process was in 2017, when I gave this invited address to the Eastern Communication Association. I still think it captures the essence of what students need to know as they step into the “research as learning” experience.

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