Fake news isn’t new, but over the years, many things about it have changed: what it looks like; where and how we get it; and most importantly, how we pinpoint, question, and resist it.
Consider this reading list a media literacy toolbox: these books will help you contextualize and identify advertising, fake news, and propaganda, and develop strategies for resistance.
Essential reading if you want to understand and ultimately resist fake news. No one is safe from its clutches, but there are ways to fight back, and Steuter shows us how to do just that in this approachable, illustrated primer.
Advertising Shits in Your Head calls ads what they are: a powerful means of control through manipulation. Luckily, activists—“subvertisers”—are fighting to deface and deconstruct the advertisements that control us. Using a combination of ethnographic research and theoretical analysis, Advertising Shits in Your Head aims a magnifying glass at advertising and its critics.
“Advertisers most definitely shit in your head,” writes Bill Posters, author of Brandalism. “This book is here to stop them.”
Corporations have injected advertising, branding, and commercialism into Canadian schools. Captive Audience demonstrates how and why. Unpacking the school–business partnership, from computers to vending machines, this book exposes a disturbing truth: that schools are the last frontier of advertising.
“Captive Audience should be required reading for anyone interested in rejecting this corporate onslaught and instead developing schools as centres for human engagement and critical inquiry,” writes professor Deron Boyles.
Shopping for Change
Consumer Activism and the Possibilities of Purchasing Power
Can we literally shop for change? It’s a simple question with a less-than-simple answer, one informed by both historical and contemporary perspectives. This collection is for you if you’ve ever wondered if your buying choices make a difference, or if you’re curious about the possibilities of past and present consumer activism. Consuming with a conscience is one of the fastest-growing forms of political participation worldwide; Shopping for Change is your guidebook.
This instalment in the No-Nonsense Guide series invites us to question how the media reflects society, and whether we’re passive recipients or active participants in our media-saturated world. How have various media outlets—especially diverse, small-scale organizations—responded to declining advertising revenue, social media, mobile devices, and more? The book equips us with the tools we need to navigate an ever-shifting communications landscape.
The Mountie, the maple leaf, the beaver, Timbits: these objects and concepts have come to define Canada both locally and globally. Canada’s mythology—and the propaganda that supports it—may be well established, but as this book demonstrates, many of the country’s symbols have contentious origins. What do these symbols mean, where did they come from, and how have their meanings changed over time? This subversive and beautifully composed coffee table book has the answers.