Explore how the presentation of information is used to protect and challenge institutions of power.  

In today's world of social media and 24-hour news cycles, more information is available to more people than ever before. Yet, in many ways, analyzing this barrage of information to make informed conclusions has never been more difficult, or more important.

In this Pathway, students will learn to think critically about media, rhetoric, communication, information and visual culture, and learn to communicate ethically and effectively through a variety of media. This Pathway poses important questions about how we collect, analyze and disseminate information, including: How does one recognize the uses of information to advance interests? How does ownership of media affect the interpretation and framing of controversy? How do particular technologies impact access to information? How have advertising, marketing and branding affected our perceptions and choices? How does one participate in public conversations to achieve desired policy goals?

While students construct their own animating questions, some possible examples include:

  • How does one recognize the uses of information to advance interests?
  • For example, how does ownership of information media affect the interpretation and framing of controversy?
  • How do particular media technologies impact access to and dissemination of information?
  • What influence do media technologies have on our perception of reality, and what are the consequences of altered and multiple realities?
  • How have advertising, marketing, and branding affected our perceptions and choices?
  • More personally, how does one intervene in public conversations to achieve desired policy goals?