Critical Media Literacy: The Way Out of the Maze of Fake News

by Bill Yousman, Ph.D. Fake news! The accusations are flying from both left and right. Liberals decry social media stories that led people to believe the most absurd lies about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign season. Meanwhile, President Trump and his staff and supporters use the term like a weapon against any news outlet…

Media Education and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

November 20 marks the day on which the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. In 2016, the Convention celebrated its 27th anniversary with Universal Children’s Day, a “day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of…

Corporate Media vs. Democracy?

Check out this scathing critique of the corporate media’s role in the current presidential election, from our friends and partners at the Global Critical Media Literacy Project.  Great work from college students and veteran teacher-activists working together! This is what Project Censored and GCMLP are all about. And remember, we are one week away from…

Never Let Media Violence Kill Empathy, Compassion

by Jacques Brodeur As media educators and aware citizens, we watch the news knowing that big media rarely miss an opportunity to use human sufferings to catch viewers’ attention. The media industry knows that human beings care for each other, and they’re in the business of catching attention for commercial purpose. Not surprisingly, in March…

Another Perspective on Screen-Time Limits

Much of the rhetoric and action related to screen time revolves around elimination or reduction. When our first child was born, I wanted to live the APA “rule”: no television before age 2. Well, that didn’t work out, and the boy turned out to be hyperverbal, developing spoken language early and reading at age 4. It…