Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 13:30

Divided We Stand: Perceptions on the Media

Student Podcast Explores Media Perception in 21st Century American Society

This past semester, an Assumption College Writing and Mass Communications Seminar tasked students to collaborate as a production team to create a three-episode podcast series entitled Divided We Stand that explored the current state of democracy in America. Because the students in the class represent an array of racial backgrounds with varied majors, personal talents and political leanings, they chose to research divisions in America through the lens of media and identity.
The purpose of this three-episode podcast is to engage existing divisions from perspectives that may not have been previously considered. The podcast asks why the nation finds itself divided following the 2016 presidential election, and analyzes whether this division is a new phenomenon and, on a more fundamental level, if and when divisions are good and bad.
The three podcasts include:
The Press:
The concept of freedom of the press is discussed, including how it has evolved over time and its continued impact on the country and across the world. One particular topic discussed includes the idea of echo chambers.
Fake News:
Recently, the concept of fake news has become a topic of discussion for many. This episode highlights and recounts the history of fake news and its impact on an informed society. 
Identity Politics:
The final installment of Divided We Stand examines identity politics. At times a difficult topic to decipher, the students discuss different aspects about identity politics and its impact on the two-party political system.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews