Media Education vs. Public Relations

At the Founding Summit of ACME in 2002, Dr Sut Jhally declared, “Media literacy is so dangerous to media corporations that they have moved to hijack the movement as it builds momentum.” Owners of media corporations know that critiques about the way screen-entertainers and marketers take advantage of children are legitimate. They also know that…

Shadows of Liberty: A Documentary Film

Fight for the Light! A response to the film Shadows of Liberty Rob Williams I recently had the good fortune to attend a screening of Shadows of Liberty at the Peace and Justice Center (PJC) in Burlington, Vermont. This new documentary film, featuring some of the world’s foremost media scholars and indie journalists, takes a…

Review: Media Literacy Education in Action

[book review] Media Literacy Education in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives Edited by Belinha S. De Abreu and Paul Mihailidis Routledge Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0-415-65837-9 Reviewed by Rob Williams ACME had the good fortune to participate in the seminal Fairfield University Media Literacy Research Symposium this month, organized by Fairfield University’s Belinha S. De Abreu…

Independent Media Education – Why?

Welcome to the 21st century. A century in which we need Smart Media Education, funded and operated independently of state and corporate interests, #morethanever. Big Picture? We not only live in the most mediated society in world history, but the world’s most “connected.” “The Machine Is Us,” as KSU digital anthropology professor Michael Wesch explains…