The blurring of entertainment, information and persuasion is reshaping work, life, and citizenship. As a result, our relationship to media has never been so important nor so complex. By asking critical questions about what they watch, listen to, read, and use, students can be better prepared to be responsible communicators who can use a variety of formats and genres for self-expression and advocacy.
Covering a wide range of topics including the rise of news partisanship, algorithmic personalization and social media, stereotypes and media addiction, advertising and media economics, and media influence on personal and social identity, Renee Hobbs helps students develop the lifelong learning competencies and habits of mind needed to navigate an increasingly complex media environment.
Rooted in the best practices of media literacy pedagogy, Media Literacy in Action brings an interdisciplinary approach to media studies that engages students with the following features:
Renee Hobbs is an internationally recognized authority on digital and media literacy education and a professor of communication studies at the University of Rhode Island’s Harrington School of Communication and Media, where she co-directs the URI Graduate Certificate in Digital Literacy. She is the author of 10 books including Mind Over Media: Propaganda Education for a Digital Age and Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning. At the Media Education Lab, she brings together educators and researchers to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education through scholarship and community service.
Part I: Understanding Media
Chapter 1. What Is Media Literacy?
Chapter 2. Why Are Media Important?
Chapter 3. How Do Search Engines Work?
Chapter 4. How Do People Get the News?
Chapter 5. What Is the Difference between Advertising, Public Relations, and Propaganda?
Chapter 6. Why Are We Attracted to Characters and Stories?
Part II: Judgments about Taste, Quality, and Trust
Chapter 7. Why Do People Prefer Different Kinds of Music, Movies, and TV Shows?
Chapter 8. Who Decides What Makes Media “Good”?
Chapter 9. How Do People Decide Who and What to Trust?
Part III: Media Economics
Chapter 10. How Do Media Companies Make Money?
Chapter 11. Are Social Media Free?
Part IV: Understanding Media
Chapter 12. Why Do People Worry about Stereotypes?
Chapter 13. Is My Brother Addicted to Media?
Chapter 14. How Do People Become Media Literate?
In this book, Renee Hobbs does an important service to the field of media literacy by providing a timely and much needed textbook with a deep overview of what it means to be media literate. The reader can practice through the chapters how to access information, analyze and evaluate media messages, create message, reflect on your own consumption of media and act thoughtfully as media producers. The exercises and examples help instructors and students to learn through an inquiry process as they form their own opinion and master the craft of conveying media messages using various techniques.
Media Literacy in Action brings an interdisciplinary approach to media studies that engages students with the following features: