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2013-15 Shaping Your Reality

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We invite you to explore the power of ideas and ideology to shape our realities, and emphasize the importance of critically assessing the validity of information.

influencing machine

The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone. Addressing topics like bias, objectivity, propaganda, and censorship, this graphic nonfiction book is a guide to maneuvering through an information-saturated society to find truths in the media. Covering two millennial of media history, the book demonstrates that "The Media" is not an external force beyond our control, and equips us to be consumers and shapers of the news.


Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden.
Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a completely isolated North Korean prison camp, lived in extreme information deprivation for over 20 years, and is one of the very few inmates who have escaped. Shin knew nothing of contemporary existence--all information about history and the outside world was a systematic barrage of untruths. Through the lens of Shin's life, journalist Blane Harden shows the impact of information on our lives, both for good and for ill.