Dictionary of Media Literacy

Dictionary of Media Literacy

Dictionary of Media Literacy

Dictionary of Media Literacy


A first-of-its-kind reference work containing key concepts, terms, organizations, issues, and individuals of note related to the new and evolving international field of media literacy.


The Dictionary of Media Literacy is a compilation of significant concepts, issues, organizations, people, and international developments in the field of media literacy. It is our hope that the Dictionary of Media Literacy will contribute to the study and understanding of the field by providing needed focus and organization.

Although the dictionary is intended to be as comprehensive as possible, we undoubtedly have overlooked some significant figures, concepts, and developments. Moreover, because media literacy is an emerging field, new developments are undoubtedly underway, which could not be included in this edition. We apologize for any inadvertent omissions.

The dictionary is intended both to provide an overview on different areas and to direct the reader's attention to other resources for more comprehensive information. For example, a book in progress, entitled Media Education for the Third Millennium (by Roberto Aparici and Robyn Quin), will contain detailed discussion of international developments in media literacy.

In the course of the project, we have discovered both a depth and a breadth to the field of media literacy that bode well for the future of the discipline. Teachers and scholars have developed a body of materials and approaches that make media literacy education a sophisticated and challenging field of study. Further, media literacy is a broad-based movement, originating from a number of different sectors: education, community based, media arts, professional, and public policy. Another encouraging development is the international media literacy community, which has formed as a result of interactive media technology. This virtual community has overcome geographic isolation to share ideas, strategies, and techniques.

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of our distinguished con-

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