Building Media Literacy: The Global Mis and Disinformation Media Landscape

More and more we live in an overwhelming time of instant unchecked information, misinformation, disinformation, and possibly propaganda, and wonder – how can I tell what is fact checked information what is not? Other than throwing your cell phone away, getting off the laptop, and not watching TV, what can you do to understand and address the “what is truth and what is fiction”?

Juan MundelOn Monday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m., Juan Mundel, explores the effect media misinformation has on society and discusses what we, as citizens, can do to reduce stress and frustration caused by misinformation.Mundel, an associate professor and director of Global Initiatives at the ASU Cronkite School, lectures and conducts research on the effects of the relatively unchecked online “news." Cronkite Global Initiatives fosters internationalization of the curricula and is home to a number of U.S. Department of State programs, including the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship and Study of the United States Institutes program.

Mundel teaches courses in strategic communication and digital audiences at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research, which focuses on consumer behavior, multicultural and international audiences, and social media have appeared in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, and the Journal of Product and Brand Management, among other outlets. 

Before joining Arizona State University, Mundel was director of the Latino Media and Communication Program and founder and co-director of the Media Engagement Lab. He has been distinguished with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Early Career Excellence in Teaching Award, and the “35 Under 35” Young Leaders Making an Impact award by Chicago Scholars.

This will be an interesting discussion and will help us maneuver through these frustrating and stressful times while we all ask “what is truth and what is fiction?"

Tickets to the lecture are $5 each and will be available in the lobby of the Renaissance Theater beginning at 9 a.m.