Consider your role as a consumer of media, including propaganda. What propaganda techniques have you seen or heard recently? Recall TV ads, political ads, movies, and news reports in both print and television.
Consider a recent global event and how it was portrayed in media. (i.e. Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, the BP oil spill, etc.)Explain why it was not simply information, but a technique of propaganda. Be certain to use all three major sociological theories – functionalism, conflict theory, and interactionism – in your analysis.
Which do you think provides the best explanation of propaganda? Why?