A college in Illinois will offer a new course on President Donald Trump and his use of propaganda. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will run the course and has coined a new word to describe the focus of study: Trumpaganda.
“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,” the course description says.
“Propaganda is effective only if it is concealed and camouflaged as something else, such as news, advertisements or PR releases, and it is critical to learn how to detect propaganda and recognize propagandistic features of any communication, including presidential,” said Mira Sotirovic, the professor who will teach the class.
‘Trumpaganda’ studies will be a part of the university’s journalism programme. Professor Sotirovic is a lecturer in media and has written about President Trump and his methods of communication in the past. No specific details have emerged about the class’s content.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has existed since 1867 and has almost 46,000 students. It’s rankings have been generally good, come 46th nationally and 13th among public universities in, according to US News & World Report.
This is not the first time that President Trump has been accused of propaganda. He has repeatedly lied on the campaign trail and in office, and he has used the Fox News channel as a means to craft his agenda and distract from negative coverage of his administration.