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Media Literacy

Media and Information Literacy to Help Prevent Violent Extremism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.21.2017 | Impact
Magda Abu-Fadil

“Democracy demands media literacy, and this particular moment in time demands a serious investment by newsrooms and by tech giants like Facebook and...

Can Media Literacy End Violent Youth Extremism?

DC Vito | Posted 11.18.2016 | Media
DC Vito

During the last few years, I've been heartbroken by stories about young people choosing paths of violent extremism. I'm talking about people like Dyla...

Debate Preview: 3 Things Remixers and Bloggers Should Watch For

Emily Long | Posted 10.20.2016 | Education
Emily Long

Add this to the list of superlatives for Election 2016: With less than one week to go, the first presidential debate is drawing comparisons to the Sup...

Why Election 2016 Is All About Remix

Emily Long | Posted 08.02.2016 | Education
Emily Long

Just as the 1960 election is remembered for being changed by television, the 2016 elections may be remembered as being changed by remix. Candidates have only recently transitioned to general election mode, but video remixes are already playing an out-sized role in swaying public opinion.

What We Learned From Trump's Star Of David Tweet

DC Vito | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
DC Vito

Much has been made of Donald Trump's tweets sent over the weekend calling Hillary Clinton the "most corrupt candidate ever." (If you have no idea what...

3 Ways to Teach Empathy With Media Literacy

Emily Long | Posted 06.29.2016 | Education
Emily Long

Learning how to work with others is a vital part of any hands-on media literacy education.

Why C-SPAN Should Thank Paul Ryan

DC Vito | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
DC Vito

For most Americans, C-SPAN is like a smoke detector. We know it's there but we rarely watch it, taking for granted the fact that we have a (mostly) su...

What Does Remix Have to Do with Choosing the Next President?

Emily Long | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Emily Long

"What does remix have to do with writing a letter to the next president?" This was one of the early questions posed in a webinar for Letters to the N...

Promoting Female Employees Does Not Let Trump Off the Hook for Sexism

Emily Long | Posted 05.20.2016 | Media
Emily Long

For many people, whether they're youth or adults, reconciling Trump the sexist with Trump the promoter can be tricky business.

Asleep at the Presses: The Danger of Media Fatigue

DC Vito | Posted 05.18.2016 | Media
DC Vito

I understand the temptation on the part of the media to give people what they want. The more clicks a celebrity breakup story gets, the more stories are spawned. Yet I can't help needing more from the fourth estate.

​David Axelrod on the Divisive Power of American Media

DC Vito | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
DC Vito

Mr. Axelrod's statement is exactly why I started The LAMP, which brings basic media literacy training and tools to communities nationwide, but I would add that the problem has to do with more than the media.

Empowering Girls Through Media Literacy

Judy Vredenburgh | Posted 05.02.2016 | Impact
Judy Vredenburgh

Earlier this year, a remarkable video, "We Are #WomenNotObjects" received significant attention for raising awareness of the objectification of women ...

Internet Safety Education: 10 Questions Parents Should Be Asking

Diana Graber | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

Last week a school near me suffered a social media mishap involving its students. This, an increasingly common byproduct of our day, unfortunately catches many a school by surprise. So I received this call: "Help! Can you come to our school to give an "Internet Safety" presentation? And can you keep it to under an hour?"

White House Agrees: Gendered Toys Not Just Child's Play

Emily Long | Posted 04.08.2016 | Education
Emily Long

This week, the White House announced a day-long conference about gender stereotypes in toys and media. Finally.

Interview with Jennifer Pozner: Media Critic, Author, Anti-Racist Feminist

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

Pozner has been on the frontlines of media activism and analysis for over two decades. She has appeared on television to discuss media equity, penned op-eds and articles, and is the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV.

Electing A President Without Facts

Kelly Wilz | Posted 03.10.2017 | Politics
Kelly Wilz

In an election cycle when the media can and does shape how we choose our next president, the fact we have fewer and fewer sources to look to for credible information regarding those who are running is frightening. And it's only getting worse.

Dying to Be Thin and Beautiful: Feminism and Advertising, an Interview With Jean Kilbourne

Omega Institute | Posted 03.08.2017 | Women
Omega Institute

In this interview pioneering media literacy activist Jean Kilbourne discusses the saturation of sexualized advertising in our media-driven culture and the harm it causes young women.


Jonathan Haber | Posted 03.07.2017 | Education
Jonathan Haber

A number of modern sources inform the construct of critical thinking that underlies Critical Voter (both the book and just-released teaching curriculu...

Media Literacy in the Middle East: Give Peace a Chance

Julie Gray | Posted 02.24.2017 | Impact
Julie Gray

"To hell with facts! We need stories!" Ken Kesey For many years, I was a story analyst, which is to say that I was part of a low paying cadre of Holl...

Beyond the Hype: Using Super Bowl Commercials to Teach Teens

Emily Long | Posted 02.09.2017 | Impact
Emily Long

Watching the Super Bowl commercials this year, I kept asking myself if perhaps, finally, we've won. Of course when I say "we" I mean any non-white, non-male American, and by "won" I mean that we were not the butt of every cheap joke

Progress requires the tenacious pursuit of understanding. How much do you trust science?

Jacques Henri Taylor | Posted 01.05.2017 | Science
Jacques Henri Taylor

Invoking the name of science is a potent way to assure people of the validity of a method, product, service, or idea. When we read or hear "scientific...

Decoding Donald Trump: How to Help Kids Break Down and Talk Back to Today's Media Circus

Emily Long | Posted 12.25.2016 | Parents
Emily Long

Young people deserve honest information and deserve for their voice to be heard. But, decoding today's media doesn't come automatically or naturally. These skills are essential for everyone, in order to thrive in this media-heavy world.

National Media Literacy Week and the U.S. Election Process

Larry Magid | Posted 11.01.2016 | Technology
Larry Magid

Elections are far from the only chance we have to think about media literacy. It's all around us and affects almost every decision we make ranging from what we buy, how and whether we worship and what we decide to read, watch and listen to. And, in the age of social media, it also affects what we post.

The Kardashians Are Speaking Your Teenage Daughter's Language, and That's Good News

ShimmerTeen | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents

The Kardashians may seem like your greatest obstacles in empowering your daughter, but they can be some of your greatest allies.

I Haven't Been This Despairing of Humanity Since About an Hour Ago

James Napoli | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy
James Napoli

Before I knew it, the news was on again and I was gulping down scandal and man's inhumanity to man like they were energy drinks that would get me through a week of long-haul trucking.