In 2006 Henry Jenkins published a white paper identifying the challenges and opportunities for media literacy in our 21st century media culture. Since then, new ideas, new technologies, and new names have emerged bringing with them misunderstandings and rifts among educators. It’s time to reflect on where we’ve been and where we are now.
In our first article, two prominent rhetoricians explain the differences between propaganda and persuasive discourse that stimulates engaged citizenship. Next, we review the premise of Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky's landmark Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, and, with some assistance from media literacy scholar Renee Hobbs, we discuss responses to forms of propaganda which are more pervasive and indirect.
The UK Office of Communications held the first International Media Literacy Research Forum and an overview of the Byron report on Children and Technology.
This issue of “Connections” focuses on fair use of copyrighted works because it is an issue integral to the practice of media literacy education. Two articles draw from documents produced by media and legal scholars: “The Cost of Copyright Confusion for Media Literacy Educators” and a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Educators.”
The widespread availability of new media has generally encouraged the view that anyone can practice citizen journalism with relative ease. But without learning the digital citizenship skills which media literacy training provides, citizen journalists may be as likely to engage in self-censorship as they are to incur legal liability for the content they publish. Also introduces Center for News Literacy.
A new study from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at the Sesame Workshop explores the potential of cell phones to revolutionize teaching and learning. Research from the William and Ida Friday Institute at North Carolina State University outlines the potential of 1:1 technology environments, and The Center on Media and Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston launches “Ask the Mediatrician.”
The role that parents play in teaching children about the positive, directed use of new media technologies could not be more critical than it is at this time. In May 2010, the Pew Center for Internet and Society released new information on cyberbullying. Also includes an interview with Anne Collier, editor of NetFamilyNews.org.
Are media reports about internet predators accurate?
NCTE Website Features Partnership for 21st Century Skills Literacy Map and New Report Documents Success of Achieve’s American Diploma Project. Introducing MediaLit Moments - activities for the classroom.
In this issue, you’ll learn how the commercial Internet works, what information is gathered about you by advertisers and marketers, and how to take a more active role as a gatekeeper of your own information online.
We discuss how different theories of moral development can be applied to questions about ethical use of media. In our second article, we trace the connections between the ethics of media use and the role that media literacy plays in reclaiming our power as citizens.