Course Description


MIT 433G (Winter 2006)   Information, Persuasion & Propaganda: Human Issues in Information Design

Instructor: J. Burkell

Course Description
This seminar course will examine design factors that influence information interpretation and use. Empirical research will be examined to provide insight into questions such as: why are we afraid of airplane crashes more than car accidents?; why are some speakers more persuasive than others?; how much information is too much?; does it matter if the cup is 'half empty' or 'half full'? The first half of the term will be devoted to a review of relevant literature. Students will have the opportunity to present results of media analyses during the second half of the term.

Antirequisites: ANY 400-LEVEL MIT COURSE.

4 lecture hours, 0.5 course

RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS IN FIMS. Restricted to year 4 Hons MIT



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