Week 1, Jan 20-22, 2016
CDAE 195 Propaganda, Media Ownership, and Citizen Responsibility
CRN 13743, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Lafayette 102
10:50-11:40am.

Check-In: Attendance, Handouts, Questions?

  John McCutchen song: The List.

Course overview:
   - Second time taught
   - Critical Thinking of News Media in our society
   - History of Propaganda
   - Develop Skills and Methods to detect and classify propaganda and media persuasion
   - Develop Principles of Journalism - what the media and citizens should be doing - the role of media in a democratic society

Read the Syllabus!  http://www.uvm.edu/~jleonard/CDAE195spring2016/CALS195PropagandaCourseSpring2016Syllabus.html

Read BLUR chapters 2-3 (pages 12-56) by next week (Mon. Jan 25) - take notes on the reading, and re-write your notes.  Exam Week of March 21.

    Michael Shermer's TED Talks:
        http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_on_believing_strange_things

        The Baloney Detection Kit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJmRbSX8Rqo

        http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_the_pattern_behind_self_deception

In-class writing (10:50-11:10):  Please write Your Name, the questions, and then the answers below each question.
- What is propaganda? (your opinion - do not look this up) 
-Where/How do you get your news of world and local current events?
-How much time per day do you pay attention to world and local current events?
-List the apps you use most often on your smart phone:
-List the apps you use most often on your computer:


Propaganda Techniques to Recognize

Media Inventory Log Assignment (5% of course grade):

Record all media you consume for one week - from now (Friday 22 January 11:40am) until Friday 29 January beginning of our class (10:50am).  The assignment will be due on Monday February 1 at the beginning of our class.

Record details of what media, how long, and any comments about media type or coverage.  Use sheets provided (from http://www.csuchico.edu/~swiesinger/255/xassign/mediaLog.htm you may print extra copies of the sheets from this web site).

Bring this with you at all times for the next week and enter the information by hand.  You should record what you listened to, watched, browsed, or read, and for how long.  Include information like type of movie watched (drama, comedy, etc.), and whether there were propaganda words used and  (unasked for) advertising that you were exposed to.

TOTAL your media usage in minutes for each media category at the bottom of each media log page.

Calculate and estimated Cost of the media per month using the last sheet.

Write a reflection paper (at least one to three full pages) where you describe the process what it was like for you to complete the assignment, and the results.  Do an analysis: what did you find interesting, what was unexpected, will this change the way you look at your media usage or your behavior?  Which media is most important to you and why?  What do you think about unasked for advertising that you saw or heard?