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Power On!

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Professor Renee Hobbs explores how disparities in access to information contribute to misunderstandings and explains how analyzing media helps make our interpretation processes transparent. She shows how creating media helps people share in the social power of representing ideas and identity and notes that such competencies are essential for advancing the social responsibilities of media consumers and creators.

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Power On!

  1. 1. Renee Hobbs Professor of Communication Studies Director, Media Education Lab University of Rhode Island USA Twitter: @reneehobbs POWER ON! Digital Media & Information Literacy in the Context of Work, Life and Citizenship DW AKADEMIE Bonn, Germany January 30, 2018
  2. 2. www.mediaeducationlab.com
  3. 3. Disparities in access to information contribute to misunderstanding Analyzing media helps make our interpretation processes transparent Creating media helps people share in the social power of representing ideas & identity Being a socially responsible media consumer and creator is something we must learn in the home, school and community
  4. 4. Learning about the Holocaust SOURCE: UNESCO (2015). International Status of Education about the Holocaust.
  5. 5. NATIONAL LIBRARY OF TUNISIA
  6. 6. Teaching Teachers Learning to Critically Analyze Propaganda
  7. 7. Teaching Teachers Learning to Critically Analyze Propaganda
  8. 8. Teaching Teachers Learning to Critically Analyze Propaganda
  9. 9. www.mindovermedia.eu
  10. 10. Propaganda evokes strong emotions, simplifies information, appeals to audience needs & values, and attacks opponents
  11. 11. Propaganda can be Beneficial or Harmful Propaganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of a population toward some cause or position CONTEXT
  12. 12. PROFESSOR HABIB KAZDAGHLI
  13. 13. State of Deception Exhibit The History of Nazi Propaganda
  14. 14. At the opening of the exhibition at the National Library of Tunisia
  15. 15. differential access to information is inevitable
  16. 16. differences in interpretation are inevitable
  17. 17. differences in interpretation can be dangerous
  18. 18. …the individual reaches a point of view hyper-focused on certain interpretations of existing problems and bereft of the capacity to imagine alternative solutions beyond those provided by an exclusionary narrative. -Daniel Koehler, 2015 The Dangers of Polarization & Extremism
  19. 19. Disparities in access to information resources contribute to misinterpretation
  20. 20. Time to Share Your Experience 1. Go to Slido.com 2. Join with event code #2293 3. Answer the question
  21. 21. What are the Media & Information Literacy Competencies Needed Today & in the Future?
  22. 22. New Forms of Authority are Emerging Attention economics is surpassing traditional forms of authority and expertise our attention — and most of it free — being found is valuable."  Immediacy  Personalization  Findability
  23. 23. the development of free and transparent media, quality journalism, and programs that boost media skills is more important than ever before
  24. 24. the development of free and transparent media, quality journalism, and programs that boost media skills is more important than ever before  Creating a public sphere  Supporting participation and inclusion  Providing access to information  Holding those in power to account
  25. 25. access and participation is not enough
  26. 26. Everyone needs media & information literacy competencies
  27. 27. aware of media environment choose media messages wisely aware of own personal biases actively comprehend & interpret messages analyze point of view, message purpose & source bias recognize stereotypes that influence attitudes & behaviors understand media systems, political economy & technologies What does it mean to engage in critical thinking about media?
  28. 28. aware of media environment choose media messages wisely aware of own personal biases actively comprehend & interpret messages analyze point of view, message purpose & source bias recognize stereotypes that influence attitudes & behaviors understand media systems, political economy & technologies What does it mean to engage in critical thinking about media?
  29. 29. “Born the Hard Way”
  30. 30. for many people, entertainment & advertising offer ideological world views that are more compelling than news and information
  31. 31. aware of media environment choosing media messages with sensitivity to potential risks/harms aware of personal bias comprehend messages analyze message point of view, purpose & bias recognize stereotypes that influence attitudes & behaviors understand media systems, political economy & technologies What does it mean to engage in critical thinking about media?
  32. 32. Disparities in access to information contribute to misinterpretation Analyzing media messages helps make our interpretation processes transparent
  33. 33. Time to Share Your Experience 1. Go to Slido.com 2. Join with event code #2293 3. Answer the question
  34. 34. Cross-National Dialogue Builds Media & Information Literacy Competencies
  35. 35. Digital Storytelling
  36. 36. Time to Share Your Experience 1. Go to Slido.com 2. Join with event code #2293 3. Answer the question
  37. 37. Shadow Puppet Make videos using a smartphone, tablet or laptop @reneehobbs @MedEduLab Videorama Pocket VideoScreencastify
  38. 38. Flipgrid.com Use video dialogue tools to share ideas and reflect @reneehobbs @MedEduLab
  39. 39. LOVE HATE PRINT VISUAL SOUND DIGITAL People have a love-hate relationship with media, technology and popular culture
  40. 40. Being a socially responsible media consumer and creator is something we must learn in the home, school and community
  41. 41. Being a socially responsible media consumer and creator is something we must learn in the home, school and community
  42. 42. Disparities in access to information contribute to misunderstanding Analyzing media helps make our interpretation processes transparent Creating media helps people share in the social power of representing ideas & identity Being a socially responsible media consumer and creator is something we must learn in the home, school and community
  43. 43. Everyone needs media & information literacy competencies
  44. 44. We gain these competencies through relationships and in communities through dialogue, discussion & creative media-making
  45. 45. Renee Hobbs Professor of Communication Studies Director, Media Education Lab Harrington School of Communication & Media University of Rhode Island USA Email: hobbs@uri.edu Twitter: @reneehobbs LEARN MORE Web: www.mediaeducationlab.com

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