Hollywood’s Pentagon Propaganda, Deconstructing Disinformation, and Critical Media Literacy Education in the US

Featuring Roger Stahl, Barbara McQuade, and Nolan Higdon

by Kate Horgan
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Hollywood's Pentagon Propaganda, Deconstructing Disinformation, and Critical Media Literacy Education in the US
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On this week’s program, Mickey talks with communications professor and filmmaker Roger Stahl about his most recent documentary, Theaters of War: How The Pentagon and CIA Took Hollywood. They discuss how the military entertainment complex works, showcasing its vast propaganda influence on mass media. Legal analyst and author Barbara McQuade joins the show to discuss her new book, Attack from Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America. McQuade gives an overview of the increasing challenges we face around information integrity and suggests what we need to do about it. Speaking of solutions around fake news moral panics, media scholar Nolan Higdon returns to the show to highlight why we desperately need more critical media literacy education in the US and also critiques the reprise of Russiagate type McCarthyism as the election season picks up pace.

 

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Roger Stahl is Professor of Communication at the University of Georgia, an author, and a documentary filmmaker. His 2022 film, Theaters of War, is available from the Media Education Foundation. Barbara McQuade is a law professor at the University of Michigan, and a former U.S. Attorney. Nolan Higdon is a lecturer in Education at the University of California Santa Cruz campus, and a prolific author on media issues; his books include The Anatomy of Fake News and the forthcoming edited volume, Censorship, Digital Media, and the Global Crackdown on Freedom of Expression.