American students can now get a certificate in ‘Trumpaganda, as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign begins a course on the subject.
Students will examine Trump’s “war on facts, press and democracy,” during the eight-week course. The class will be offered through the university’s journalism program as reported by TheHill.com,
“As a candidate, Trump employed the commonest propaganda device, name-calling, to define, degrade, discredit and destroy his primary opponents as well as the “fake” news media,” the course description reads.
Mira Sotirovic, associate professor in media, is teaching the class and told the Daily Illini that students will look at President Trump’s strategies for dealing with the press to look how propaganda can exist in a democracy. “Propaganda is beneficial only if it is concealed and camouflaged as something else, such as news, advertisements or PR releases, and it is essential to learn how to detect propaganda and recognise propagandistic features of any communication, including presidential,” Sotirovic told the paper.