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Dr. Pedro-Carañana Edits Book on Propaganda in Media Systems

As the dissemination of fake news and misinformation continues to expand, SLU-Madrid professor Joan Pedro-Carañana, Ph.D., together with Daniel Broudy and Jeffery Klaehn, edited the publication,  The Propaganda Model Today: Filtering Perception and Awareness

Dr. Joan Pedro-Carañana

Dr. Joan Pedro-Carañana has edited a book analyzing new developments in media systems to demonstrate the validity of the propaganda model across various geographical contexts.

This volume celebrates the 30th anniversary of the publication of Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky’s benchmark book on propaganda and media bias.

Drawing on Herman and Chomsky’s work, Pedro-Carañana's book studies new developments in media systems to explain the (re)production of hegemony in today’s hyper-mediated societies. Contributors reflect on propaganda systems in Europe, North America and Latin America to demonstrate the utility and validity of the propaganda model in various geographical contexts.

In addition, the book analyzes a variety of communication products, including news from print and digital media, Hollywood movies, television entertainment programs, social media communication and Google search results. The case studies address the representations of wars, coups, U.S. foreign policy, national security, nuclear weapons debates, austerity policies, sports and the emergence of alternative social and political forces.

The volume has been published as Open Access via a CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons license by University of Westminster Press (UWP) and can be downloaded from the publisher’s website.

A panel discussion featuring the editors, several collaborators and Noam Chomsky has been published in the journal Media Theory.

An interview with the editors on propaganda and social control in the 21st Century can also be found at the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) website.