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The Right Side of History

In November, 2018, Jesse—’CBC tech columnist’—Hirsh appeared in his regular time slot on the Metro Morning radio show to comment on Facebook’s long list of ethical missteps, among them failing to protect users’ private information from hacks and for selling users’ data without consent. The first is an example of …

Baby It’s Cold Outside

by Neil Andersen and Diana Maliszewski This is the saga of a song. The melody and lyrics have remained intact, yet its long list of performers and audiences have profoundly changed its experience and perception. At first considered ‘cute,’ and even subversive or liberating, it has become contentious—even toxic—among some …

Analyze the “New” Anthem

by Diana Maliszewski Media literacy can be most impactful when the media texts chosen for study are items that students interact with daily, often without much consideration. The Canadian national anthem, “O Canada”, is just such a media text. Asking pertinent questions that promote critical thinking can lead to fascinating …

Ethical Choices and Voices

There is a long-ignored, newly-recognized ‘holy grail’ in technical education and its home can be found in media literacy education. IT has traditionally been a sharing and celebration of effective ways to learn, produce, process and communicate. Spreadsheets, databases, simulations, graphics, videos and 3D printers have all been supercharged by …

Things to Know About Rulers

by Neil Andersen, Diana Maliszewski and Nina Silver In an early episode of The Crown, a young Queen Elizabeth is frustrated because she feels that she is not being taken seriously, both for being young and a woman. She is counselled to upbraid her Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—to admonish him …

“Hijab Hoax” Case Study

by Michelle Solomon and Neil Andersen Because the primary function of media is to communicate culture, media literacy is a wonderfully compelling blend of media studies and cultural studies. The Hijab Hoax news story case study is exactly that blend, and it provides rich learning opportunities. We have packaged the …

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 …

In Defense of Taylor Swift

In his arraignment and conviction of Taylor Swift, Dan Ozzi slags her for releasing Look What You Made Me Do at a time when he thinks she should be using her significant fan influence to critique national politicians’ uses and abuses of power. He thinks that she needs to be …