• Phone Ban Fallout

    The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They may be used during lunch, but “no social media, no texting, no taking or viewing photos and videos.” Toronto middle school bans use of cellphones in classrooms, hallways …

  • Athletes and Protest

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/09/economist-explains-13 In late summer, 2016, Colin Kaepernick, a pro football player, refused to stand during the playing of the American national anthem that began each game. His refusal to stand was in protest of police treatment of people of colour. His actions created a fascinating site of struggle as fans, …

  • Agency and Privacy

    Agency is knowledge in action. The AML has worked with two sets of students to produce an ongoing series of EULAs in Plain Language. First, sickness we identified the most-used media apps or services. Then, we asked volunteer law students (Pro-Bono Students of Canada) to identify EULA passages that put users at risk and translate these …

  • A Tale of Two Audiences

    Many people are concerned about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. What was once considered a laughable long shot by a TV celebrity has become serious politics. Talk show hosts have stopped joking as the candidate has himself committed serial gaffes that outstrip writers’ imaginations. Yet the campaign juggernauts …

  • The Right to be Forgiven

    A frequent feature of 21st-century political campaigns has involved researching candidates’ online activities in hopes of finding damaging data that might be used against them.

  • From Memphis to Missouri: Voices and Echoes

    Blog post by Laurie Townshend with extension activities by Michelle Solomon The U.S. Civil Rights Movement reached a peak in the 1960’s with widespread reactions to systemic racism boiling over into protests that were both violent and non-violent. At the heart of these protests that marked an entire era in …

The Journal of Media Literacy – Agency

Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus of The Association for Media Literacy are proud to have been the guest editors of the Agency issue of The Journal of Media Literacy. We chose Agency as the issue’s theme because there is ongoing debate over how users can exercise agency within environments comprised …

With (Online) Power Comes Responsibility

  An observation—and major complication—that I have not heard elsewhere involves the multijurisdictional contexts of media causes and effects. Specifically, that the media problems often cited by critics and experts are international, yet the potential responses are regional or national. This disconnect has created a compelling site of struggle that …

Fake News Triangle – Audience

These Audience-related questions are designed to help you assess the news story from different audiences’ points of view. Do not use them all, but choose as many as will help you assess your chosen news report. Return to the main triangle page. Go to the Text page. Go to the …

Fake News Triangle

What is new about fake news? As with all news in the 21st Century, it is more frequent, easier to encounter but harder to verify. Where once professional editors filtered news for accuracy and honesty, we more often find that we have to perform that job ourselves. In its continuing …

Fake News Triangle – Production

These Production-related questions are designed to help you assess the producers and distributors of the news story. Do not use them all, but choose as many as will help you assess your chosen news report. Return to the main triangle page. Go to the Text page. Go to the Audience …

Fake News Triangle – Text

These text-related questions are designed to help you interrogate the codes and conventions of the news. Do not use them all, but choose as many as will help you assess your chosen news report. Return to the main triangle page. Go to the Audience page. Go to the Production page. …

The BFG

Neil Andersen presented Media Literacy and The BFG at Reading for the Love It, Toronto, February 24, 2017. The slides are here: …

Media Literacy for the Fun of It

Neil Andersen presented Media Literacy for the Fun of It at Reading for the Love It, Toronto, February 23, 2017. The slides …

Phone Ban Fallout

The principal of Earl Grey Senior Public School has, at the urging of parents, banned the use of phones in class. They …

Archie Bunker for President?

Norman Lear produced several successful television sit-coms with political implications. His first, and most well-known, was All in the Family. Archie Bunker, …