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, everyone watches the same advertisements. Streaming services such as YouTube use recommendation systems to direct us towards watching certain content and offer personalized advertisements, yet we can always choose to watch something else. Critical media literacy is important, because it helps us navigate

In: The International Journal of Critical Media Literacy
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societies all caused by disinformation maliciously spread through cyberspace. This creates crises all over the world and is an issue that calls for a critical media literacy if we aim for more (social) justice, equity, and freedom from violence. Understanding that “media study is interdisciplinary study

In: The International Journal of Critical Media Literacy
This edited collection is not a response to the 2016 United States Presidential Election so much as it is a response to the issues highlighted through that single event and since when incredibly smart, sophisticated, and intelligent members of our society were confused by misinformation campaigns. While media literacy and critical media literacy are ideas with long histories in formal education, including K-12 students and higher education, the need for increased attention to these issues has never reached a flash point like the present. The essays collected here are confrontations of post-truth, fake news, mainstream media, and traditional approaches to formal schooling. But there are no simple answers or quick fixes. Critical media literacy, we argue here, may well be the only thing between a free people and their freedom.

media literacy and the inclusion of critical media literacy in teacher training. This proposal is not meant to be a ‘quick fix’, but rather, the beginning of a much larger conversation. 2 Making the Case for Media Literacy and Teacher Education Quantity of time spent with media and access to a

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classroom in critical ways, because of students’ daily engagement in media it has become imperative that educators are employing critical media literacy as a pedagogical tool to encourage students to question social norms and define relationships of power they observe in media ( McArthur, 2016 ). The

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1998, literally changed my life. Since then, Hall’s writings and lectures on media, culture, race, class, power, and ideology have been a major influence on my own approach to pedagogy and media studies and they are foundational to my belief in a form of critical media literacy that goes beyond the

In: The International Journal of Critical Media Literacy

other approaches, critical media literacy acknowledges the role of structural forces both on the individual and societal levels as well as questions inequality and advocates for social change ( Funk et al., 2016 ). In other words, critical media literacy: …encompasses both textual and contextual

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The series critically investigates and informs the construction of youth identity and identity in general through the study of various forms of contemporary media. It will expand the notions of critical media literacy and its implications for multiple understandings of culture and youth. Since popular culture (including media texts) is one of the primary sites of education for our youth, and all of us, it is crucial for those scholars involved in critical media studies to discuss these issues in book form. The scope of books in this series will include scholarly investigations into the connections among the symbolic order, various forms of cultural artifacts and multiple critical readings of these artifacts within the context of critical/transformational media literacy. How do multiple interpretations of popular culture within conceptualizations of media enhance our understandings of education and how can critical pedagogy, in the Freirian sense, be expanded to develop a student’s critical consciousness of the texts (books, films, games, social media, etc.) that surround them in popular culture.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts by e-mail to Acquisitions Editor Evelien van der Veer or Series Editor William M. Reynolds.
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broadcasters’ responsibilities to the public, speaks to the 21st century need for critical media literacy. Sixty years after his speech, Murrow’s words are as relevant as ever, and can be extended to our current media technologies. Our media – no longer dominated by TV and radio broadcasting – can teach, they

In: Educating Media Literacy
Over half the world’s population is now online, interconnected through a globally-networked media and consumer society. The convergence of information, media, and technology has created the predominant ecosystem of our time. Yet, most educational institutions are still teaching what and how they have for centuries, and are thus increasingly out-of-date and out-of-touch with our current needs. The Critical Media Literacy Guide: Engaging Media and Transforming Education provides a theoretical framework and practical applications for educators and teacher education programs to transform education by putting critical media literacy into action in classrooms with students from kindergarten to university. Douglas Kellner and Jeff Share lay out the evolution of thinking and development of media and cultural studies, from the Frankfurt School to current intersectional theories about information and power that highlight the importance of race, gender, class, and sexuality. They provide insightful and accessible entry into theorizing education and information communication technologies through linking the politics of representation with critical pedagogy.

The increase in fake news, alternative facts, bots, and trolls, challenge our abilities to judge credibility and recognize bias. Kellner and Share present a critical lens and strategies to contextualize and analyze the dominant ideologies going viral across social media platforms and disseminated globally from enormous transnational corporations. The Critical Media Literacy Guide is a powerful resource to analyze and challenge representations and narratives of multiple forms of identity, privilege, and oppression. Since the struggle for social justice and democracy require new theories and pedagogies to maneuverer the constantly changing terrain, this book is essential for all educators.