Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Media Education

We have recently revised the major in film, media and cultural studies and have introduced a foundation course which all students will take. An important resource in developing the new major, and this foundation course in particular, was Henry Jenkins' report Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century.

The report identifies the skills required for effective involvement in the participatory culture of the 21st Century as:

  • Play
  • Performance
  • Simulation
  • Appropriation
  • Multitasking
  • Distributed Cognition
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Judgement
  • Transmedia Navigation
  • Networking
  • Navigation

Jenkins' Project New Media Literacies has put together a video that explains just what they mean by new media literacies, and why they think they are important.

For me they are important because, while not everyone needs to be a producer in this new media environment, we all need to feel we are effective consumers, and we need to believe that we can contribute if and when we wish to.

Jenkins goes on in his blog to interview the researchers involved in the massive Digital Youth Project saying that "what emerges from the report is a complex picture of how [young people] are living through and around emerging technologies, how they are innovative in their use of new tools and platforms, and how they are struggling with the contradictions of their lives."

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