Media Literacy: Seeking Honesty, Independence, and Productivity in Today's Mass Messages

Media Literacy: Seeking Honesty, Independence, and Productivity in Today's Mass Messages

Media Literacy: Seeking Honesty, Independence, and Productivity in Today's Mass Messages

Media Literacy: Seeking Honesty, Independence, and Productivity in Today's Mass Messages

Synopsis

Using contemporary examples and language, Media Literacy offers young adults the tools they need to evaluate contemporary media.

Excerpt

“If you can control the storytelling, then you do not have to
worry about who makes the laws.”

—George Gerbner, media scholar and former
dean of the Annenberg School

Would you humiliate yourself in front of a huge television audience trying to win the affection of The Bachelorette or The Bachelor or singing off-key to gain media attention and possible fame? If you answered “maybe,” you’re not alone. Several thousand contestants show up for American Idol auditions every year in cities across the United States. Many simply hope for a few minutes of television fame. Some dream of media superstardom.

OK, here is a harder question. Would you arm yourself with bow and arrow and battle to the death against a dozen other children for a reality television show? I sure hope your answer is “nope, nuh-uh, not ever.” But maybe you are familiar with the concept, especially if you’ve read the best-selling book or watched the blockbuster movie The Hunger Games, a work of fiction set in a futuristic world where young people annually attempt to slaughter one another. How could a society end up not only tolerating but celebrating something like this? The popular novel . . .

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