What is Digital Propaganda?
Digital propaganda is information spread through digital formats with the intent to influence or manipulate constituencies.
Why A Digital Propaganda Research Center?
The Digital Propaganda Research Center will provide students with opportunities to conduct research on rich digital datasets of propaganda at Monmouth College. This project is focused on enhancing student learning through experiential opportunities to prepare students to be community leaders that promote information literacy, democratic civic engagement, and civil dialogue after graduation.
At the Heart of Every Scot Lies a Passion
This project seeks to invest in the infrastructure of Wallace Hall and to promote and sustain student research via the creation an Operations Center to monitor and record digital propaganda as it is broadcast on digital media or spread on the Internet. Further, the project will fund student research directly, including a research trip for several classes to rallies and events during the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, an online survey with SOfIA students, and compensation for a Monmouth College student to participate in a research internship. Lastly, we hope to provide students with opportunities to do scholarly work on an important topic that is linked to many contemporary social issues including media and information literacy, political polarization, and the promotion of civic engagement and civil dialogue.
Any gift to support this project will be matched 1:1, thanks to Susan Gibson '81; Randall Vickroy '76; Mark Willhardt; Lynne Yuchs ’82; Jean ’68 & Ross Randolph; and Mark Tupper ’94!