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New Book: Education for Democracy 2.0: Changing Frames of Media Literacy




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).


Review Quotes

“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


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 Communit 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

PAT 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 Laura D’Olimpio

Postscript: Bubbles and Baubles: Seeking Democracy 2.0 in a Post-Factual World Roberto Aparici and David García-Marín


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