Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda

Examine and evaluate contemporary propaganda with lesson plans exploring definitions of propaganda, virality, sponsored content and more

Mind Over Media is a crowdsourced educational website that contains diverse examples of contemporary propaganda on a wide range of social, political, economic and environmental topics. Users can upload examples of propaganda they find in everyday life and rate them on a scale from “harmful” to “beneficial,” offering comments about the examples to discuss their interpretations and reflect on their meanings and implications. There are more than 2,000 examples of propaganda, including clickbait, sponsored content, advertising, disinformation, conspiracy theories and more. 

Teachers can create a custom gallery to curate examples directly relevant to topics and issues in environmental science, current events, cultural studies, history, political science, communication and many other topics. Access the Mind over Media online platform for free here.  Thanks to the Evens Foundation and the European Commission Literacy for All program, Mind Over Media is available in Polish, Croatian, Romanian, French, Finnish, Swedish and Dutch.

Learn more about the pedagogy of teaching propaganda around the world at our global blog: Teaching About Propaganda. 

A six-lesson curriculum unit on contemporary propaganda, designed for high school students and aligned with Common Core standards helps students understand the many definions of propaganda, propaganda techniques, the contexts in which propaganda thrives, virality and its role in the dissemination of contemporary propaganda. Download lesson plans and handouts here:

Lesson 1: Defining Propaganda

Lesson 2: Close Analysis of Propaganda: Recognizing Technigues

Lesson 3: To Share or Not to Share


Lesson 4: Where Propaganda Can Be Found

Lesson 5: Sponsored Content as Propaganda

Lesson 6: Using the Media Literacy Smartphone to Analyze Propaganda

The curriculum also explores the rise of new forms of propagand including viral marketing and sponsored content (which is sometimes called native advertising). Discuss ethical issues related to the long-term beneficial and harmful effects of propaganda. Learn more about Mind Over Media here.