Back to top

Media Literacy and Politics

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

On November 3, 2016 I was honored to moderate a We The Voters “political party” for undergraduate students in the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. Thanks to my faculty colleagues (Marylou Naumoff, Joel Penney, and Marc Rosenweig) for their contributions. We screened two films (How to Master Debate and Mediocracy). Students engaged in a lively discussion about the rhetorical strategies used in the Trump-Clinton presidential debates and the power of social media to circulate party ideology. The discussion also highlighted the media literacy efforts of the Wall Street Journal (“Red Feed, Blue Feed”) to demonstrate how reality differs among Facebook users; and the real-time fact-checking efforts of National Public Radio. You can view all 20 of the “We the Voters” films [by clicking here]