U of I Urbana Offering a Course on Trump And Twitter
U of I Urbana is offering a course on Trump and his use of twitter.
Is this for real?
Yep it sure is.
WGN shares that the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will offer an "8 week course called “Trumpaganda: The war on facts, press and democracy,” will focus on Trump’s ongoing “war with the mainstream media.”
This course is worth 3 college credits, and although it is an "upper-level journalism course in the College of Media", the university is encouraging students of all majors to sign up for it.
The Trumpaganda course begins Oct. 22nd. in which the "class will discuss how the president’s use of social media has impacted politics and society."
When signing up for the credited class this is what the course descriptions reads:
"Trumpaganda: The war on facts, press and democracy – This course examines the Trump administration’s disinformation campaign, its “running war” with the mainstream news media, and their implications for American democracy and a free press. As a candidate, Trump employed the most common propaganda device, name-calling, to define, degrade, discredit and destroy his primary opponents as well as the “fake” news media. By the second year in his presidency, President Trump’s rhetorical attacks on mainstream media continue—he has labeled them the “enemy of the people”—and not only dominate his tweets but also are a centerpiece of his every press conference and public statement. Previous American administrations have had a contentious relationship with the news media, but the Trump administration’s conflict with the press is different in strategies and tactics, challenging Americans’ tendency to think of propaganda as something that doesn’t happen in democratic societies."
I majored in Communication in college so I can see why this course could be offered for all Comms majors, but really should a student majoring in, say, biology take this course?
I hope that this course will be fair and balanced and not slanted to one side or another.