The genres, codes, conventions and symbolic forms of messages shape perception and interpretation.
Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda
Explore the crowdsourced gallery of over 2,500 examples from around the world
Mind Over Media is a crowdsourced educational platform that contains diverse examples of contemporary propaganda on a wide range of social, political, economic and environmental topics.
1. ACCESS AND SHARE EXAMPLES. Timely resources for classroom discussion are important. By using crowdsourcing that enables anyone to upload examples, the Mind Over Media web platform offers an ever-changing array of current examples of contemporary global propaganda. Users anywhere in the world can upload examples of propaganda they find in everyday life, rate them and comment on them. There are more than 2,500 examples of propaganda, including clickbait, sponsored content, advertising, disinformation, conspiracy theories and the the list is constantly growing. You will find political ads, PSAs, news media, political cartoons, movies, memes, social media posts, public relations media, amateur videos, and more. A visual & searchable collection of over 2,000 examples from more than 25 countries enables users to explore topics including immigration, race relations, climate change, gun violence, democracy and human rights, and many other topics.
2. FLEXIBLE LESSON PLANS. New lesson plans and activities include localized curriculum from six countries and opportunities for media creation. Lesson plans are available in Polish, Croatian, Romanian, French, Finnish, Swedish and Dutch, made possible by a collaboration with the Evens Foundation and the European Commission's Literacy for All initiative. To promote cross-national asynchronous dialogue, learners can share ideas using the Online asynchronous discussion via Flipgrid. Join in the discussion to propaganda with people from around the world. Learners can share and discuss the role of propaganda in daily life and reflect on the ethical issues related to the long-term beneficial and harmful effects of propaganda.
3. CURATE YOUR OWN PROPAGANDA GALLERY. Classroom Gallery lets educators create custom galleries to meet the needs of their own learners. You simpy create a unique URL and then select a sample of examples from the websiste to feature. Check out the Terrorism Gallery and the Parody Gallery to see how Custom Galleries work. Visit the For Teachers page to learn how to create Custom Galleries for your classes.
We share our experiences on the pedagogy of teaching propaganda around the world at our global blog, Teaching About Propaganda.
Explore the Mind Over Media curriculum and lesson plans from 2015, which includes lessons on virality, sponsored content, and the ethics of propaganda