What does propaganda look like on social media? As a recent article in the New York Times shows, it’s often difficult to detect fake pages from real ones. They use emotions to stir us into action and manipulate our worldviews by tapping into an issue which we may hold dear.
Join us at the Museum for an immersive program on media literacy in this digital age.
We will meet in the activity lab for a discussion on social media propaganda and go for a walk to the WWI propaganda exhibit for some historical perspective. Professor Marcia Blackburn from SUNY Broome will lead the discussion and engage participants in how to become better online consumers.
Images are at the heart of how we communicate to one another on social media. Memes and gifs engage us in discussions on everything from TV shows to politics. When used for the latter purpose, it’s point is framed as a window to the world, but one with distorting condensation. The purpose is to restrict free thought through the manipulation of emotions over reason. This isn’t just happening on Facebook, it has happened before.
*Admission to the Museum & this event is $10 for adults; $8 for students and seniors; members are free.
**Space is limited to 30 people for this event, so please pre-order your tickets.