Critical Media Literacy
4 January 2013 Last updated at 08:16 ET By Judith Burns BBC News education reporter Some 90% of children can access the internet at home official figures suggest More than a third of the poorest children do not have the internet at home and a similar number do not have a computer, official figures suggest.
By David Gauntlett This influential article by a noted British cultural scholar succinctly critiques the research school of "media effects" that tends to dominate social science research in the US and fuels enormous media coverage about media's negative influence on children especially — e.g. watching violence on TV increases aggression and violence in real life. Gauntlett outlines ten fundamental flaws in 'effects models' studies, arguing that these models specifically support conservative ideologies, treat children as inadequate, assume superiority of the educated and elite and make no attempt to understand the many potential readings and meanings of the media.
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It seems like in today’s world there are fewer and fewer people making choices for the greater good. What I mean to say is that everything in our world seems to be able to be consolidated.
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NEW Challenging Fake Hurricane Photos “ The assumption a lot of people make is, well, pictures don’t lie — you can believe what you see,” said Santiago Lyon, director of photography for the Associated Press.
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Young people's engagement with digital media presents new opportunities, needs, and challenges for libraries and for the education of librarians. This article discusses insights from a recent study on digital youth and considers implications for libraries. Two important roles for libraries are stressed: providing young people with dynamic contexts for learning with digital media and providing young people with opportunities to learn and practice new media literacy skills.
Here’s an experience that every aspiring guitarist has had: After weeks of anticipation, full of mirror air jam sessions and dreams of stadium solos, you buy your first busted guitar - almost certainly a Stratocaster or Les Paul knock off. You find an instructor and begin lessons, starting slowly with learning about notes and chords. But pretty soon, you - as much as you hate to admit it - get a little bored, and start to spend less and less time trying to learn note names and the difference between a sharp and a seventh. Instead, you head to the wide chaotic world of the internet, where tab sites do away with all of theory and just tell you where to put your damn fingers to rock out. Within minutes, you’re pounding along to Green Day (or Forever The Sickest Kids, depending on your era), pushing your practice amp to the limit, and reveling in the majesty of your own badassitude.
Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, perhaps best known for his influential text Pedagogy of the Oppressed , was born on September 19, 1921 in Recife, a port city on Brazil's northeastern coast. Although he was born into a middle class household, his family was severely impacted by the Great Depression, ushering him into the ranks of those who know what it's like to go hungry. Freire recalled that poverty and hunger severely affected his ability to learn and ultimately influenced his decision to dedicate his life to improving the lives of the poor: "I didn't understand anything because of my hunger.
‘The computer is not for you to be looking around, it is for schoolwork’: Challenges for digital inclusion as Latino immigrant families negotiate children’s access to the internetWhile studies have addressed the role of the internet in the family, the perspectives of Latino immigrant families are largely missing from the research. This article draws primarily on interview data with first-generation Latino immigrant families living in urban Los Angeles to analyze how parents and their middle school-aged children negotiate access to and use of the internet. Parents in the study were torn between a belief in the educational importance of the internet and a strong sense of anxiety about online risks. Their parenting strategies reflected these anxieties and inadvertently contributed to limiting children’s online opportunities.
It is a well-known fact that children from affluent families tend to do better in school. Yet the income divide has received far less attention from policy makers and government officials than gaps in student accomplishment by race. Now, in analyses of long-term data published in recent months, researchers are finding that while the achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed significantly over the past few decades, the gap between rich and poor students has grown substantially during the same period. “We have moved from a society in the 1950s and 1960s, in which race was more consequential than family income, to one today in which family income appears more determinative of educational success than race,” said Sean F. Reardon, a Stanford University sociologist.
A former schoolbook editor parses the politics of educational publishing. Some years ago, I signed on as an editor at a major publisher of elementary school and high school textbooks, filled with the idealistic belief that I'd be working with equally idealistic authors to create books that would excite teachers and fill young minds with Big Ideas. Not so.
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Unless you're 50 years old or older, your attention has turned away from newspapers, magazines, TV and radio and shifted toward internet and electronic delivery of content. That attention is directed at such diverse areas as using search to find any of the ONE TRILLION sites in Google's index; reading any of the 2.6M articles on Wikipedia; watching some of the 70M+ videos on YouTube; trying to read even a fraction of the 133M blogs; act as one of the 100M users who log on to Facebook daily; or attempt to follow some of the more than 3M tweets sent through Twitter daily. How can a student possibly think critically about the multitude of competing messages and stimuli generated by that flood of content? How can you teach them to handle it all?
The famous “1984″ Apple Macintosh commercial, which ran during that year’s Super Bowl. In 1949, when George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” was first published, the New York Times book reviewer wrote that, though it was “not impressive as a novel about particular human beings” as a “prophecy and a warning” it was “superb.” How much of that prophecy came to pass?
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