Propaganda and Political Censorship in American Media

Elective Courses

CINE 295 - Propaganda and Political Censorship in American Media

ENGL 295
401 |Peter Decherney |TR 3-4:30pm

This course examines propaganda and political censorship in American media (primarily film, television, and the Internet). We will consider competing theories and definitions of propaganda and the many ways that U.S. film, television, and digital media fit into those categories. Weekly topics include the World War I Creel Commission, Washington’s role in Hollywood censorship, the government’s World War II films, the Blacklist, the CIA’s support for the arts during the cold war, the effect of media consolidation on news and entertainment, the role of the media in the War on Terror, the Patriot Act, and more. We will read theories of propaganda by Walter Lippmann, Joseph Goebbles, Theodor Adorno, and Charlotte Beers, among others. Films include Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, the Army’s Autobiography of a Jeep, John Huston’s The Battle of San Pietro, Charlie Chaplin’s A King in New York, Michael Moore’s Farenheit 9/11, and Robert Greenwald’s OutFoxed.

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