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Martin Roth

distant servers, and regularly accept licensing agreements for these products and services without reading them. I have described this elsewhere as media use under conditions of a ‘suspension of media literacy’ (Roth 2018). This observation is based on an understanding of media literacy as consisting of


Allison T. Butler

inspired students to the best talent show performance ever. These teachers and media figures of past and present, from fiction and non-fiction, can teach us a lot about media literacy. Why are these texts produced and what makes them entertaining? What is our responsibility as audiences of these texts

Engagement with the Mainstream Media and the Relationship to Political Literacy

The Influence of Hegemonic Education on Democracy1


Paul R. Carr, Gary W. J. Pluim and Lauren Howard

democratic society and the individuals within it to demand more meaningful representation of its citizenry and their perspectives in mainstream media, to source and rely on local and alternative media wherever possible, and to ensure that their own media literacy is cultivated in a way that reflects their


Edited by Ann Watts Pailliotet and Peter B. Mosenthal

Information about issues and procedures for media or visual literacy is currently widely dispersed. This title advances current scholarship by transcending traditional research boundaries and combining a number of different backgrounds, such as cultural studies, reading, computers and technology, sociology, textual criticism. It supports an interdisciplinary curriculum; in depth reviews of how media and visual literacy support and extend current print literacy theories and practices; it provides explicit examples of research methodologies and accounts of implementation procedures and policies in schools and colleges. This work focuses on a wide spectrum of media like film, television, children's picture books, computers and newspapers. The contributing authors, who read as a who is who in media literacy come from diverse disciplines, locations, and backgrounds, employ varied lenses and formats to provide broad, innovative definitions of literacy.

Donna E. Alvermann

they were reading. The present article evolved from a teacher-researcher project that I initiated a year ago. What I learned from it continues to influence how I select materials and teach critical media literacy as an underlying thread of all my online courses, whether they are pedagogically methods

What’s a Nice White Lady to Do?

A Critical Literacy Lens on Teaching and Learning in Pop Culture Portrayals


Jill Ewing Flynn

critical media literacy can be addressed in methods courses in order to help preservice teachers reflect on their observations, but it could easily be adapted to secondary classrooms and other settings. Students could pick any social group or category they are interested in to analyze (there are several

Cracking Facebook

The Importance of Understanding Technology-Based Communication


Maria Leena Korpijaakko

This book presents a Facebook study on members of the Cusp Generation, or those born before the “great digital divide” of 1995. This delineation allows for a discussion on the possible socio-cultural implications of Facebook use for people of all ages. Members of the Cusp Generation are in a unique position as “part digital natives” to easily acquire and use new media technologies, while being more critically aware of the personal, social, and cultural effects that may arise from them thanks to having some memory of the pre-digital era. Drawing on identity theories rooted in critical theory and cultural studies, the author shows that there are potential constrictions on people’s agency in their Facebook use caused by consumer discourse, Facebook’s hyperreal nature and structure, psychological predispositions, and the potential for avatar attachment. In raising concerns over the impacts of technology-based communication, this book explores how the medium of Facebook extends and exacerbates processes of offline social reproduction and discusses how the positive social and political aspects of Facebook can be enhanced. The findings contribute to academic discussions in the fields of cultural studies and Education and can be applied to the development of critical media literacy for curriculum and pedagogy.

Liz Jackson

reflect broader ideas in society about the clash of civilizations, and about the values and implications of nationalism, globalization, and localism. The article then discusses common ways of responding to media in education in light of media’s impact. In the final section, critical media literacy


James Trier

Guy Debord, the Situationist International, and the Revolutionary Spirit presents a history of the two avant-garde groups that French filmmaker and subversive strategist Guy Debord founded and led: the Lettrist International (1952–1957) and the Situationist International (1957–1972). Debord is popularly known for his classic book The Society of the Spectacle (1967), but his masterwork is the Situationist International (SI), which he fashioned into an international revolutionary avant-garde group that orchestrated student protests at the University of Strasbourg in 1966, contributed to student unrest at the University of Nanterre in 1967–1968, and played an important role in the occupations movement that brought French society to a standstill in May of 1968.

The book begins with a brief history of the Lettrist International that explores the group’s conceptualization and practice of the critical anti-art practice of détournement, as well as the subversive spatial practices of the dérive, psychogeography, and unitary urbanism. These practices, which became central to the Situationist International, anticipated many contemporary cultural practices, including culture jamming, critical media literacy, and critical public pedagogy. This book follows up the edited book Détournement as Pedagogical Praxis (Sense Publishers, 2014), and together they offer readers, particularly those in the field of Education, an introduction to the history, concepts, and critical practices of a group whose revolutionary spirit permeates contemporary culture, as can be seen in the political actions of Pussy Riot in Russia, the “yellow vest” protesters in France, the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and the striking teachers and student protesters on campuses throughout the U.S.