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Critical Media Literacy Teachable Moments

An Open Letter to the Ministry of Education of the Government of Ontario: Why Ontario students are missing out on the essential skill of media literacy

AML is concerned about the position of media literacy in the current Ontario curriculum. Written in 2005, the content lacks any references to smartphones or social media, the driving forces in communications culture today. These factors are shaping our current language, actions, culture, and politics – the way we live …

Can media literacy education nurture active agency? Or, my argument with Mark Surman – by Carol Arcus

I attended one of the McLuhan Salons recently – talks/discussions that are co-sponsored by St. Michael’s College at U of T and the Estate of Marshall McLuhan. On November 9 at the ROM, we heard Mark Surman, President and Executive Director of Mozilla, a not for profit technology company that …

On Maps, the New Renaissance, and Media Literacy: A Response to the Ideas of Chris Kutarna

by Carol Arcus “It’s the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.” – Tom Stoppard “Societies have always been shaped more by the nature of the media with which people communicate than by the content of the communication.” – Marshall McLuhan Canadian Chris Kutarna …

What is your emoji-name?

by Neil Andersen 🤐👁️🙏⌨️🏊👨‍🍳🎶🍫 Emojis are ideograms and smileys used in electronic messages and Web pages. (Wikipedia) Their uses are growing rapidly, especially in texting, to graphically represent ideas and emotions. There are hundreds of emojis, with more being added. What might students learn from researching and developing their own …

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, the central character, was a middle-aged white male loading-dock worker living in a working-class New York neighbourhood. He was bigoted and rude in almost every way, frequently getting …