Here, the Talking through the Credits group will develop various units related to critical, creative media literacy. Topics will include media ownership; media audiences; representations of race, class, and gender; media production; alternative media; etc.
One essential component of media literacy is the merging of critical inquiry with creative practice. This section provides some examples of theoretically-informed creative work and/or creatively presented scholarly work.
In order to understand the necessity of critical media literacy, it may be helpful to look at some of the history and theory of digital media. The web, mobile technologies, social media, video games, wikis, blogs, video/audio sharing–these make up the digital media landscape that we’re trying our best to understand, critique, and help shape.
The concept of remix–that of taking existing media texts or cultural products and reworking or recontextualizing them–has everything to do with media literacy. In an age when the ‘active audience’ is able to write fan-fiction for their favorite stories, remix their favorite songs, and mash-up film and video, discussions of media consumption and production have to pay attention to the interactive experiences offered by today’s digital media landscape. (read more)