Civic Media Literacies: Re-Imagining Human Connection in an Age of Digital Abundance, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Civic Media Literacies

Re-Imagining Human Connection in an Age of Digital Abundance, 1st Edition

By Paul Mihailidis


172 pages

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pub: 2018-08-15
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Civic life today is mediated. Communities small and large are now using connective platforms to share information, engage in local issues, facilitate vibrant debate, and advocate for social causes. In this timely book, Paul Mihailidisexplores the texture of daily engagement in civic life, and the resources—human, technological, and practical—that citizens employ when engaging in civic actions for positive social impact. In addition to examining the daily civic actions that are embedded in media and digital literacies and human connectedness, Mihailidis outlines a model for empowering young citizens to use media to meaningfully engage in daily life.

Table of Contents

Preface: The texture of civic life 1. Civic currency Rethinking the terms of engagement 2. Civic media: Voice, agency and disruption 3. Connective media, connection action 4. Civic currency and media genres 5. Mapping media literacies to civics 6. Human connectedness in digital culture 7. Afterward: The future of civic participation in democracy

About the Author

Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor of civic media and journalism in the School of Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, USA, where he teaches media literacy, civic media, and community activism. He is founding program director of the MA in Civic Media: Art and Practice, Principle Investigator of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His research focuses on the nexus of media, education, and civic participation in daily life. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others. Mihailidis holds a visting professorship at Bournemouth University in England. He co-edits the Journal of Media Literacy Education and sits on the advisory board for iCivics. He earned his PhD from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies