In light of the COVID-19 crisis, you may choose the final exam as a creative outlet to express your feelings regarding COVID-19. Drawing on course materials, discuss propaganda as it relates to dispersal of information during pandemics.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, you may choose the final exam as a
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, you may choose the final exam as a creative outlet to express your feelings regarding COVID-19. Drawing on course materials, discuss propaganda as it relates to dispersal of information during pandemics. You do not need to discuss COVID-19 specifically, however, and can draw on any previous pandemics (Ebola, SARS, etc.). Or, you can draw on multiple pandemics over the course of history. The choice is yours! Make sure to draw on course lectures, readings, and/or other academic sources to support your arguments.
Select a famous whistle-blower. Using/drawing on course readings, class lectures, academic sources, etc., describe how propaganda played a role in their dispersal of “truth.” This could mean discussing the whistle-blower’s use of propaganda to spread their message, or conversely, how bodies of power used propaganda to discredit the whistle-blower’s message. Make sure to include a brief history of the whistle-blower’s situation (how, why, when, what, etc.,) and share specific examples of the use of propaganda.
Select any lecture topic from class (example: media representations of people in poverty, media representations of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, etc.) and describe how propaganda was use d to promote an idea, a message, etc. relating to the class lecture topic. Unpack this propaganda use. Discuss its effectiveness (i.e. what was done “well” to promote their message”) and what could have been improved or was lacking – you must support why you think certain aspects were well done and not well done; you must cite course lectures, readings, and/or other academic sources to support your opinion on what was well done and not well done (this is not just an opinion piece). Make sure to draw on course lectures and readings to back up all claims.
Regardless of which option is chosen, when discussing the propaganda in your paper, make sure to include:
Firstly, A describe of the propaganda: the medium/mediums used (i.e. paper, social media, news, word of mouth, etc.)
Secondly, Offer a timeline on that propaganda: did this take place over a month? A year? Decades?
• The groups involved: Who made the propaganda? Who was the target audience? Any unintended audiences?
• What was the overt message being spread? Then, engage with the propaganda:
Firstly, What was it really being use d to do?
Secondly, Was the message effective?
Thirdly, Why or why not? SUPPORT WITH EVIDENCE
Fourthly, Who/what could it have been done ‘better’?
• Describe the impact of this propaganda. What lasting changes, if any, did it cause?
• What’s “wrong” or “right” about ‘propaganda’?
o What purpose does it serve? Can we say propaganda is truly ‘good’ or ‘bad’?
There is no wrong answer IF it is support ed adequately with evidence.