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Leading scholars reveal insights into the core concepts and historical roots of digital and media literacy education

Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative

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Edited by Renee Hobbs

"Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative offers a unique contribution in that it features more than a dozen distinguished authors discussing their views on the history of digital and media literacy from a range of different scholarly standpoints. Mixing well-recognized authors alongside some lesser-known and highly notable voices from a range of disciplines, Hobbs' book will tap the curiosity of readers who want to explore connections at the intersection of film/media studies, communication, and education. The individuals featured weave narratives of the integral scholars from previous generations whose work most influenced their own path. The collection offers a view on some of the earlier intellectual roots that ground the complex, multiply-defined constructs of digital literacy and media literacy."
Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University

Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative provides a wide-ranging look at the origins, concepts, theories, and practices of the field. This unique, exciting collection of essays by a range of distinguished scholars and practitioners offers insights into the scholars and thinkers who fertilized the minds of those who helped shape the theory and practice of digital and media literacy education.

Each chapter describes an individual whom the author considers to be a type of "grandparent." By weaving together two sets of personal stories—that of the contributing author and that of the key ideas and life history of the historical figure under their scrutiny—major concepts of digital media and learning emerge.

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"This book certainly provides a fresh way of introducing new readers to key intellectual thinkers, some of whom were writing about media, education, technology and culture a good while before media and communication studies emerged as distinct fields. It is also an entertaining read, with an engaging mix of individual accounts, well-chosen quotation and scholarly discussion. Both old hands and novitiates will find many points of interest in this collection."
European Journal of Communication

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Contents

Introduction ■ Renee Hobbs
1. Historical Roots of Media Literacy ■ Renee Hobbs
2. David Weinberger on Martin Heidegger ■ David Weinberger
3. Lance Strate on Marshall McLuhan ■ Lance Strate
4. Dana Polan on Roland Barthes ■ Dana Polan
5. Cynthia Lewis on Mikhail Bakhtin ■ Cynthia Lewis
6. Srividya Ramasubramanian on Gordon Allport ■ Srividya Ramasubramanian
7. Michael RobbGrieco on Michel Foucault ■ Michael RobbGrieco
8. Gianna Cappello on Theodor Adorno ■ Gianna Cappello
9. Douglas Kellner on Herbert Marcuse ■ Douglas Kellner
10. Henry Jenkins on John Fiske ■ Henry Jenkins
11. Amy Petersen Jensen on Bertolt Brecht ■ Amy Petersen Jensen
12. Donna E. Alvermann on Simone de Beauvoir ■ Donna E. Alvermann
13. Jeremiah Dyehouse on John Dewey ■ Jeremiah Dyehouse
14. Renee Hobbs on Jerome Bruner ■ Renee Hobbs
15. Vanessa Domine on Neil Postman ■ Vanessa Domine
16. Peter Gutierrez on Scott McCloud ■ Peter Gutierrez
17. Susan Moeller on Roland Barthes ■ Susan Moeller
Epilogue ■ Renee Hobbs

Contributors
Index

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About the Author(s)

Renee Hobbs is Professor of Communication Studies at the Harrington School of Communication and Media, at the University of Rhode Island. She is the author of Copyright Clarity: How Fair Use Supports Digital Learning and Reading the Media: Media Literacy in High School English. Visit the website companion to the book: The Grandparents of Media Literacy Gallery.

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Subject Categories

Mass Media and Communications
Cultural Studies
Education

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