This diverse and global collection of scholars, educators, and activists presents a panorama of perspectives on media education and democracy in a digital age. Drawing upon projects in both the formal and non-formal education spheres, the authors contribute towards conceptualizing, developing, cultivating, building and elaborating a more respectful, robust and critically-engaged democracy. Given the challenges our world faces, it may seem that small projects, programs and initiatives offer just a salve to broader social and political dynamics but these are the types of contestatory spaces, openings and initiatives that enable participatory democracy. This book provides a space for experimentation and dialogue, and a platform for projects and initiatives that challenge or supplement the learning offered by traditional forms of education. The Foreword is written by Divina Frau-Meigs (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris) and the Postscript by Roberto Apirici and David García Marín (UNED, Madrid).
Contributors are: Roberto Aparici, Adelina Calvo Salvador, Paul R. Carr, Colin Chasi, Sandra L. Cuervo Sanchez, Laura D’Olimpio, Milena Droumeva, Elia Fernández-Diaz, Ellen Field, Michael Forsman, Divina Frau-Meigs, Aquilina Fueyo Gutiérrez, David García-Marín, Tania Goitandia Moore, José Gutiérrez-Pérez, Ignacio Haya Salmón, Bruno Salvador Hernández Levi, Michael Hoechsmann, Jennifer Jenson, Maria Korpijaakko, Sirkku Kotilainen, Emil Marmol, María Dolores Olvera-Lobo, Tania Ouariachi, Mari Pienimäki, Anna Renfors, Ylva Rodney-Gumede, Carlos Rodríguez-Hoyos, Mar Rodríguez-Romero, Tafadzwa Rugoho, Juha Suoranta, Gina Thésée, Robyn M. Tierney, Robert C. Williams and María Luisa Zorrilla Abascal.
Michael Hoechsmann is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Education Programs in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University-Orillia, Canada, and a Research Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT).
Gina Thésée is Full Professor in the Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and is also Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT).
Paul R. Carr is a Full Professor in the Department of Education at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, Canada, and is also the Chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Global Citizenship and Transformative Education (DCMÉT).
“This book offers bold, hopeful, and very timely accounts of grassroots critical media literacy practices in the service of building a participatory democracy worthy of the name in a postmodern world.” –
Colin Lankshear, author of New Literacies: Everyday Practices and Social Learning
“A diversity of local projects from around the world, critically presented by authors who explore the convergence of formal, non-formal and informal education spheres with ubiquitous and lifelong education. Media education is represented here as inevitably linked to social justice, environmental education and other burning issues of our time.” –
Alfonso Gutiérrez Martín, University of Valladolid (Segovia)
Foreword: Lasting Lessons Learned from the “Fake News” Crisis MIL as the 1st Curriculum
Divina Frau-Meigs Acknowledgements
List of Figures and Tables
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Struggle over Meaning in a World in Crisis
Michael Hoechsmann, Gina Thésée and Paul R. Carr
PART 1: Engaging the Community
1 Ubuntu: Innovation and Decolonization in Media and Communication Studies
Colin Chasi and Ylva Rodny-Gumede 2 Participatory Democratic Production: In the Conception and Organization of a Makerspace
Robyn M. Tierney 3 Video Production and Global Civic Education: The School as Sandbox for Democracy 2.0
María Rodríguez-Romero 4 Media Education for the Inclusion of At-Risk Youth: Shades of Democracy 2.0 from Finland
Mari Pienimäki and Sirkku Kotilainen 5 Disability Representation in Digital Media in Zimbabwe
Tafadzwa Rugoho 6 Merging Media and Information Literacy and Human Rights Education: A Powerful Amalgam for Today’s Radical Democracy
Sandra L. Cuervo Sanchez and Tania Goitandia Moore
PART 2: Framing Media Literacy
7 The Critical Mindset in Times of Distrust: Critical Thinking and Critical Consciousness and the Biopolitics of the Emerging Media Citizen
Michael Forsman 8 Buying in to Participatory Culture?: Critical Media Literacy and Social Media
Carlos Rodríguez-Hoyos, Elia Fernández-Diaz, Ignacio Haya Salmón and Adelina Calvo Salvador 9 Gaming Education: Learning about Climate Change through Digital Game-Based Teaching
Tania Ouariachi, María Dolores Olvera-Lobo and José Gutiérrez-Pérez 10 Not without Us: A Feminist Pedagogy for Media Education 2.0
Aquilina Fueyo 11 Is It All Just Emojis and LOL: Or Can Social Media Foster Environmental Learning and Activism?
Ellen Field 12 The Social Media Landscape: Self-Simulation and Social Consequences
Maria Leena Korpijaakko
PART 3: Transforming the Classroom
13 Critical Pedagogy for the Media Generation: Youth Media Use and Computational Literacy through Game-Making
Milena Droumeva and Jennifer Jenson 14 Post-Truth Explorers: Information Literacy vs. Fake News
María Luisa Zorrilla Abascal and Bruno Salvador Hernández Levi 15 Nine Key Insights: For a Robust and Holistic Critical News Media Literacy
Emil Marmol 16 Building Digital Bridges to Our Public Sphere: Blogging, Media Literacy 2.0, and 21st Century Pedagogy
Robert C. Williams 17 Learning Democracy by Doing Wikiversity
Anna Renfors and Juha Suoranta 18 Multiliteracies and the Critical Thinker: Philosophical Engagement with New Media in the Classroom
Postscript: Bubbles and Baubles: Seeking Democracy 2.0 in a Post-Factual World
Roberto Aparici and David García-Marín
This book will appeal to a global audience of scholars, students, teachers and practitioners in Communication, Media Literacy, and Global and Citizenship Education in formal and informal, community-based education.