Two local programs examine '21st Century Propaganda'

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At a time when many people are worried about "fake news," "alternative facts" and conspiracies to brainwash the masses, author Jeff Nygaard will be talking about the media as a system and how that system functions to produce propaganda, often inadvertently.

Nygaard will present his program, "21st Century Propaganda: Understanding Today's Media System," for the Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning series from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 at the Park Theater.

Nygaard is the author of "Nygaard Notes," an online newsletter, and is a Star Tribune contributor.

He will describe the nature of media and how it works to elevate certain ideas or ways of thinking and diminish others, which is the very definition of propaganda. Sometimes this happens simply by what is not said. Nygaard will also give "media self-defense" tactics that enable critical thinking about the news you read and hear.

But isn't everything different in the age of social media, when people can get news from a million different sources? Not really. Come and find out why that is true, and how propaganda really operates.

The League of Women Voters of the Park Rapids Area (LWV) along with the Park Rapids Library will host Nygaard in a follow-up program with a deeper dive into the subject from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Northwoods Bank Community Room.

LWV is a non-partisan volunteer organization whose mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government and influence public policy through education and advocacy. For more information about the LWV, email lwvparkrapids//lwvparkrapidsarea.blogspot.com.