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Reading List

Get ready for Confronting the Disinformation Age with titles in this recommended reading list prepared by the SFU library. These works expand on some of the key ideas discussed throughout the 2019 Community Summit and are available for borrowing in the SFU Library collection.


Post-truth: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.

Disinformation: False information which is intended to mislead, especially propaganda issued by a government organization to a rival power or the media.

Misinformation: Information that is unintentionally false or inaccurate.

Click Bait: Something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest. It is often paid for by the advertiser or generates income based on the number of clicks.

Confirmation Bias: the tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs.

Filter Bubble: Tendency for internet users to see only news & ideas that they agree with, or have interest in, due to personalization algorithms of search engine results and social media platform feeds.

Federal Documents

Democracy Under Threat: Risks and Solutions
in the Era of Disinformation and Data Monopoly
Canadian House of Commons

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“Who Said That?” - The Security
Challenges of Modern Disinformation
Canadian Security Services  

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SFU Communications — Making Knowledge Public

Digital Democracy 101 Explainers

Other Videos


Student Resources

Youth Take Action

Digital Citizenship Day

During the 2019 Community Summit, high school students from across Greater Vancouver worked together to create a Digital Rights Manifesto.

SFU Classes

Digital Democracies

CMNS 235

Introduces students to the study of the relationship between public communication, information media practices and structures, and democracy. Examines the role of media and communication in existing and emerging democratic contexts, including print and electronic journalism, alternative media, public spheres, and the challenges of constructing and maintaining a democratic media and communication environment in Canadian and global contexts. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.

The Political Economy of Communication

CMNS 240

Examination of the political and economic processes that have generated the policies and structures of mass media, telecommunications and related industries; the relationship between the dichotomies of state and market, citizen and consumer, capitalism and democracy, global and local, and sovereignty and globalization in media industries and policies; overview of influences on State and international policies towards the media. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-.

Introduction to Information Technology: The New Media


An introduction to new communication/information technologies, seen as new media of communication: the technologies, their uses, and the social issues arising from them. Students with credit for CMNS 253 may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: Nine CMNS units with a minimum grade of C-. Writing.

Community Summit 2019 Classroom Partnership Papers:

Caption it “is this the real life, is this just fantasy”: An analysis of social media’s effect on documenting reality | PDF (150 KB)

The Ethical Concerns Apparent in Born into Brothels (2004) | PDF (188 KB)

The Evolution of Comedy Vérité from TV to YouTube | PDF (188 KB)

The Use of Documentary Codes in Political Parody: Heritage Minutes and the Conservative Party of Canada | PDF (352 KB)

Fishing for Prejudice | PDF (147 KB)

Media and Ideology

CMNS 410

An advanced seminar which explores intersections between communications, media studies and social theory through an in-depth history of the concept of ideology. Prerequisite: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

Participatory Youth Media Cultures

CMNS 427

Examines the nature, meaning and pedagogical implications of participatory media cultures, including their relationship to the development of a digitally literate citizenry. Participatory cultures involve social, cultural and economic relations and practices that change the meaning of literacy, learning, and possibilities for socio political change. These developments are examined with a view to how they shape young people's lives. Prerequisite: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

Issues in the Information Society

CMNS 453

Advanced seminar to discuss issues in the interplay between contemporary society and new computer/communication technologies, at the level of comprehensive theories of society, on one hand, and major public policy, on the other. This course can be repeated once for credit if second topic is different (up to a maximum of two times). Prerequisite: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

Fake News and Alt-Facts: Navigating Post-Truths Politics

POL 318

Explores the emergence of post-truth politics; the rejection of expert and scientific opinion; and the emergence of "alternative facts" and "fake news" in political discourse on current issues such as climate change, immigration and the economy. Also explores corresponding increase in the ideological polarization in the US, Canada, and the UK and other European nations. Students with credit for POL 339 Selected Topics in Comparative Government and Politics under the title Navigating the Post-Truth World may not take this course for further credit. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in Political Science or permission of the department.

Education Materials

Teaching resources available. All are education based!

Educator Resources