Media LiteraciesA Critical Introduction
Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction traces the history of media literacy and grapples with the fresh challenges posed by the convergent media of the 21st century. The book provides a much-needed guide to what it means to be literate in today’s media-saturated environment. Updates traditional models of media literacy by examining how digital media is utilized in today’s convergent culture Explores the history and emergence of media education, the digitally mediated lives of today’s youth, digital literacy, and critical citizenship Complete with sidebar commentary written by leading media researchers and educators spotlighting new research in the field and an annotated bibliography of key texts and resources
Preface ix 1 What is Media Literacy? 1 Media Literacy 2.000 4 Natives and Aliens 7 Media Education has a History to Draw On 9 Media Education in the Twenty-First Century 12 2 Children's Media Lives 17 Researching Young People in Mediated Environments 19 Getting Older Faster, Staying Younger Longer 20 Life Inside a Media Wonderland 23 Inequities and Parents’ Worries about Media Use 25 Media Concentration and the Big Four 28 Creating Cradle-to-Grave Consumers 30 Conclusion 33 3 Media as Public Pedagogy 35 Media as Threat 37 Media as a Form of Public Pedagogy 39 New Learning Horizons 41 Debating Dangerous Screens 43 The Merits of Television for Education 46 Children’s Learning Television 48 SIDEBAR: An Inconvenient Truth as public pedagogy 50 Public Service Announcements, Entertainment Education, and Culture Jamming 53 Bricolage 58 SIDEBAR: Pre-teen girls and popular music 60 4 Media Literacy 101 63 A Demand for New Heuristics 65 Cultural Life 67 Production 68 SIDEBAR: Moral makeovers: Reality television and the good citizen 69 Text 76 Audience 84 SIDEBAR: Children's media encounters in contemporary India: Leisure and learning 88 Cultural Life 92 SIDEBAR: The Simpsons: Not such a dumb show after all! 95 5 Media Production and Youth Agency 100 What Creative Work Adds to Media Education: Production as Praxis 101 SIDEBAR: Youth cultural production and creative economies 102 SIDEBAR: Assessing learning from practical media production at an introductory level: The role of writing 106 What does Production Mean? 110 How is Production a Form of Agency? 112 SIDEBAR: Youth as knowledge producers in community-based video in the age of AIDS 119 SIDEBAR: Youth Radio 126 6 Literacies: New and Digital 137 What does it Mean to be 'Literate' Today? 137 Expanded Literacies 139 New Literacies and New Ways of Thinking and Doing 141 Digital Literacies and ‘Top-Down’ Approaches 144 The Role of Learning Environments in Relation to Digital Literacies 146 7 Media Literacy 2.0: Contemporary Media Practices and Expanded Literacies 151 Media Literacy 2.0: The Seven Cs of Contemporary Youth Media Practices 153 SIDEBAR: Learning in Second Life 156 SIDEBAR: Immersive advertising and children’s game spaces 164 SIDEBAR: Rethinking media literacy through video game play 175 SIDEBAR: Understanding remix and digital mashup 180 SIDEBAR: YAHAnet: Youth, the Arts, HIV and AIDS network 184 Conclusion 190 8 Critical Citizenship and Media Literacy Futures 191 Thinking, Judging, and Critical Citizenship 195 Last Words 200 References 203 Index 217
“That being the case, the authors’ primary recommendation is for media literacy to assume an increased role in school curricula worldwide. As Hoechsmann and Poyntz demonstrate, media practice is sufficiently academic and promotes critical citizenship, agency and empowerment – qualities that all teachers are sure to agree are highly laudable educational outcomes.” (Pedagogies: An International Journal, 24 May 2012)
Michael Hoechsmann is Associate Professor and Chair of Education Programs at Lakehead University, Orillia. He is co-author of Reading Youth Writing: ‘New' Literacies, Cultural Studies and Education (2008), and the former Director of Education of Young People's Press, a youth-oriented non-profit news service. Stuart Poyntz is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, and the former Director of Education at Pacific Cinémathèque, Western Canada's leading film institute. He has published articles in the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Sociology Compass, the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, the Canadian Journal of Education, Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, and various edited collections.
Whether we like it or not, communication technologies - ever smaller, more convergent, and more comprehensive - are tightly woven into the cultural fabric of our everyday lives. How did we get here? And what exactly does it mean to be ‘literate' in this new media era? Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction traces the history of media literacy and grapples with the fresh challenges posed by the convergent media of the twenty-first century. The book explores the history and emergence of media education, contemporary youth and its digitally mediated lives, digital literacy, and critical citizenship. Sidebar commentary written by leading media researchers and educators spotlights specific issues and media phenomena. Media Literacies provides students and educators alike with an invaluable theoretical and practical approach to understanding media literacy in the remarkable digital age we find ourselves in.
“A terrific resource filled with fresh ideas linking media literacy to political economy, public pedagogy, critical citizenship, and, of course, “youth voice.” The text is expansive and deep—just what we need during these times of perpetual digital change.” -- Elisabeth Soep, Senior Producer & Research Director of Youth Radio “A lively, wide-ranging, and educationally helpful discussion of media literacies. It provides valuable insights into key issues involved in becoming media literate citizens in the early 21st century." – Colin Lankshear, James Cook University and McGill University
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