Students can now offer and get a certificate in Trumpaganda as the University of Illinois has launched a new course in which students will examine President Donald Trump’s impact on democracy, war on facts and press.
The eight-week course will be offered through the university’s journalism program. Mira Sotirovic, associate professor in media, who is teaching the class, told the Daily Illini that students would focus on Trump’s strategies for dealing with the press to figure out how propaganda can exist in a democracy.
“Propaganda is effective only if it is concealed and camouflaged as something else, such as news, advertisements or PR releases, and it is critical to learn how to detect propaganda and recognize propagandistic features of any communication, including presidential,” Sotirovic told the paper.
The professor also said the course would concentrate on Trump’s unconventional use of social media like Twitter.
Trump frequently brands news articles and media outlets he dislikes as “fake news”. Since his election, he has repeatedly criticized and rejected critical media reports about his administration, often without providing any evidence to support his case.