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Raul Olmo Fregoso Bailon and Felipe De Jesús Alatorre Rodríguez

Introduction The present study explores the use of social media and media literacy ( Hoechsmann & Poyntz, 2012 ; Hoechsmann, 2011 ; Taylor & Hoechsmann, 2011 ) on the educational formation of college students in Latin America and Mexico ( Artopoulos, 2011 ; Jacovkis, 2011) and descolonizing

Critical Pedagogy Through Participatory Video

Possibilities for Post-Colonial Higher Education in the Caribbean


Lynette Sampson

context. This background also brings clarity to the need for critical pedagogies in contemporary Caribbean educational institutions for the development of civic responsibility and indigenous knowledge. It proposes that critical media literacy using participatory video research is a viable option for


Christina Riley

cultural identity itself? I hope to gain insight regarding the intersecting factors that construct such a commanding, affective digital image, not only to increase visual and media literacy but to enhance praxis-oriented discussions for social movement workers and theorists alike. Affective Resonance and


William M. Reynolds

sense that all types of horrific creatures appear every minute in a reality show backdrop which ironically is our everyday existence. Critical media literacy must be taught, written, and discussed as often as possible. The media, primarily responsible for the disaster of the phantasmagoric Trump

Laura Kinsella

Changes in information communication technology met with digital literacies offer new modes and models of creative expression, connecting through participatory culture, co-creation and produsage. This chapter draws from my collaborative, practice-led ethnographic doctoral research ‘Exploring the Media Literacy Practices of a Transcultural Youth- Led Community in Cork City, Ireland’. In the study, provisional findings suggest that research participants use their media literacy practices to cultivate solidarity to deal with the impact of ‘big’ events, that of family separation and issues specifically facing migrant youth. My multi-modal research takes place in an urban media hub in Cork City centre, Ireland’s second largest city, and examines the lived identities and media practices of youth (16-25), some of whom are at various stages of the migration process. This generation of young people are frequently referred to as the ‘new Ireland’, with one in seven now coming from a migrant background. Despite this, there is a paucity of research on the settlement experiences of migrant youth. This chapter aims to explore how migrant youth connect with each other through the co-creation of media content, providing pathways for solidarity and social inclusion. This shows how media literacy practices function as a means of creative expression and connection, representing an autonomous generational response to the material challenges facing youth themselves.

Volume 1, No. 1 Editorial: Critical Media Literacy in the Time of Lies  1 William M. Reynolds and Brad Porfilio Articles Race, Identity and Superheroes  7 Jon Levin, Peter McLaren and Shindale Seale The Postdigital Challenge of Critical Media Literacy  26 Petar Jandrić “I

Cultural studies provides an analytical toolbox for both making sense of educational practice and extending the insights of educational professionals into their labors. In this context Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education provides a collection of books in the domain that specify this assertion. Crafted for an audience of teachers, teacher educators, scholars and students of cultural studies and others interested in cultural studies and pedagogy, the series documents both the possibilities of and the controversies surrounding the intersection of cultural studies and education. The editors and the authors of this series do not assume that the interaction of cultural studies and education devalues other types of knowledge and analytical forms. Rather the intersection of these knowledge disciplines offers a rejuvenating, optimistic, and positive perspective on education and educational institutions. Some might describe its contribution as democratic, emancipatory, and transformative.

The editors and authors maintain that cultural studies helps free educators from sterile, monolithic analyses that have for too long undermined efforts to think of educational practices by providing other words, new languages, and fresh metaphors. Operating in an interdisciplinary cosmos, Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education is dedicated to exploring the ways cultural studies enhances the study and practice of education. With this in mind the series focuses in a non-exclusive way on popular culture as well as other dimensions of cultural studies including social theory, social justice and positionality, cultural dimensions of technological innovation, new media and media literacy, new forms of oppression emerging in an electronic hyperreality, and postcolonial global concerns. With these concerns in mind cultural studies scholars often argue that the realm of popular culture is the most powerful educational force in contemporary culture. Indeed, in the twenty-first century this pedagogical dynamic is sweeping through the entire world. Educators, they believe, must understand these emerging realities in order to gain an important voice in the pedagogical conversation.

Without an understanding of cultural pedagogy's (education that takes place outside of formal schooling) role in the shaping of individual identity—youth identity in particular—the role educators play in the lives of their students will continue to fade. Why do so many of our students feel that life is incomprehensible and devoid of meaning? What does it mean, teachers wonder, when young people are unable to describe their moods, their affective affiliation to the society around them. Meanings provided young people by mainstream institutions often do little to help them deal with their affective complexity, their difficulty negotiating the rift between meaning and affect. School knowledge and educational expectations seem as anachronistic as a ditto machine, not that learning ways of rational thought and making sense of the world are unimportant.

But school knowledge and educational expectations often have little to offer students about making sense of the way they feel, the way their affective lives are shaped. In no way do we argue that analysis of the production of youth in an electronic mediated world demands some "touchy-feely" educational superficiality. What is needed in this context is a rigorous analysis of the interrelationship between pedagogy, popular culture, meaning making, and youth subjectivity. In an era marked by youth depression, violence, and suicide such insights become extremely important, even life saving. Pessimism about the future is the common sense of many contemporary youth with its concomitant feeling that no one can make a difference.

If affective production can be shaped to reflect these perspectives, then it can be reshaped to lay the groundwork for optimism, passionate commitment, and transformative educational and political activity. In these ways cultural studies adds a dimension to the work of education unfilled by any other sub-discipline. This is what Transgressions: Cultural Studies and Education seeks to produce—literature on these issues that makes a difference. It seeks to publish studies that help those who work with young people, those individuals involved in the disciplines that study children and youth, and young people themselves improve their lives in these bizarre times.

This book series is dedicated to the radical love and actions of Paulo Freire, Jesus “Pato” Gomez, and Joe L. Kincheloe.


Theodoros Thomas

This chapter aims to describe the implementation of an introductory cyberculture course in the French language and literature faculty curriculum (University of Athens, 2008). The main objective of this course was the education of today’s digital natives and future Netizens and the development of new media skills which should be seen as social skills and also include the traditional literacy. The syllabus contained an introduction to cyberspace, virtualisation and virtual communities (through MySpace), digital video and sound, digital effects, an insight into collective intelligence (through wikis), politics on the Net (by the examination of the phenomenon of hackers) and mainly the examination of digital storytelling through machinima. Machinima, a portmanteau of machine cinema or sometimes animation, is defined as ‘animated filmmaking within a real-time virtual 3-D environment’. It is a new medium where filmmaking, animation, and videogames converge. Students created collaboratively characters and stories, wrote scenarios using a wiki and then produced machinima films. This chapter will present concrete course projects. Based on current research on new media literacies, we propose that the creation of machinima films by students-prosumers is a form of participatory culture and an excellent way to develop new media skills.

Premalatha Karupiah

Cultural products, such as art, literature and movies are important in the transmission of beauty ideals in a society. These cultural products convey material and non-material ideals related to beauty. Cultural products may convey ideals that are accepted or expected in a society and also those that are not seen as the norm in a society. In Tamil culture, traditionally, physical beauty ideals are discussed with other ideals related to one’s character. This chapter compares the perception on beauty ideals in Tamil movies by Malaysian Indian youths and Indian youths from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Data collection was done by conducting in-depth interviews with 40 Malaysian Indian youths at a public university in Malaysia and 30 Indian youths from three university and government colleges in Chennai. The students were selected using purposive sampling method. Youths from both countries perceived that some elements of beauty ideals have evolved in Tamil movies mainly for actresses. Preference for thinness and fairness or whiteness may reflect socio-cultural expectation of the contemporary Indian society. However, youths from both countries have different views when discussing how the beauty ideals in the movies influence their choices and perception about beauty in everyday life. The findings of this study are important in media literacy and intervention program for these youth.


William M. Reynolds

This chapter explores issues in critical media literacy centering on a discussion of comic books and graphic novels, particularly Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (Miller, 2005). The discussion includes the entanglement of graphic novels within the context of consumer culture and commodification, the questions surrounding the “legitimacy” of such texts, the impact that these artifacts of popular culture have on the identity formation of youth, the reactions of students to the use of graphic novels in the classroom and the exploration of the issues of race, class and gender that are raised as result of the study of graphic novels in the classroom. It does mean that the so-called ‘literary canon’, the unquestioned ‘great tradition’ of the ‘national literature’ has to be recognized as a construct, fashioned by particular people for particular reasons at a certain time (Eagleton, 1983, p. 11).

The theoretical perspective of this study is a combination of critical theory and literary criticism. The serious study of the history, development and reception of graphic novels is enriched by the application of such theoretical perspectives, places them within a 21st century context and makes connections between popular culture, youth and critical pedagogy. Put another way, for radical literacy to come about, the pedagogical should be made more political and the political more pedagogical. In other words, there is a dire need to develop pedagogical practices which bring teachers, parents, and students together around new and more emancipatory visions of community (Giroux in Freire and Macedo, 1987, p. 6).