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LibrlSt 721: Special Topics in Liberal Studies
Jeffery A. Smith, Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

War in the Media Age: Information, Entertainment, and Persuasion

Course Description
The complex and often devastating experiences of war are represented in ways intended to serve the purposes of the communicator. The meaning-making can be analyzed with media studies concepts such as agenda setting, framing, myth, news management, press freedom, propaganda, professionalism, public relations, self-censorship, and sensationalism.

Students will use skills in research, discussion, writing and critical thinking to investigate how armed conflicts test cultural values and indicate where power actually resides.

Professor Smith is author of War & Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power (Oxford University Press, 1999).

Wednesday, 6:30-9:10pm
Curtin Hall 939