Media for Media Literacy: Discourses of the Media Literacy Education Movement in Media&Values Magazine, 1977-1993
AdvisorMurphy, Patrick D.
Committee memberMendelson, Andrew L. (Andrew Lawrence), 1967-
Alvermann, Donna E.
DepartmentMedia & Communication
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AbstractThis dissertation contributes to the history of media literacy by tracing the emergence and development of media literacy concepts and practices in Media&Values magazine (1977-1993), which spoke across discourse communities of scholars, teachers, activists and media professionals to build a media literacy movement in the United States. Media literacy evolved in changing contexts of media studies and education discourses as well as changes in media technologies, industries, politics, and popular culture. Taking a genealogical approach to historical inquiry, this study uses discourse analysis to describe how Media&Values constructed media literacy as a means for reform, as a practice of understanding representation and reality, and as pedagogy of social analysis and inquiry. These constructions position media literacy as interventions in power, articulating agency through addressing institutions, demystifying ideology, and negotiating identities. This history provides perspective on debates across diverse strands of practice in the current field of media literacy education.
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