1st Edition

Media Literacy, Equity, and Justice

Edited By Belinha S. De Abreu Copyright 2023
    312 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    312 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Offering a new and thought-provoking look at media literacy education, this book brings together a range of perspectives that address the past, present, and future of media literacy, equity and justice. Straddling media studies, literacy education, and social justice education, this book comes at a time when the media’s role as well as our media intake and perceptions are being disrupted. As a result, questions of censorship, free speech, accountability abound, and nuance is often lost. This book is an antidote to the challenges facing media literacy education: chapters offer a careful examination of important and hot topics, including AI, authenticity, representation, climate change, activism and more.

    Addressing the continually evolving role of media and its impact on our society and shared knowledge base, the volume is organized around five themes: Misinformation and Disinformation; Media Representation; Civic Media, Politics and Policy; Eco Media Literacy; Education and Equity, Ethical Quandaries and Ideologies; and Emerging Technologies. Ideal for courses on media literacy and new literacies, this book furthers the conversation on the ways literacy and social justice are connected to educational communities in local and global contexts.


    Jad Melki



    Chapter 1: Shaping Dialogue Amid Broken Conversations

    Belinha S. De Abreu

    Part I: Truth, Trust, Fact & Fiction—What information?

    Chapter 2: Couches, kitchens and conspiracy: Lifestyle marketing in the midst of a crisis

    Michael Hoechsmann, and iowyth hezel ulthiin

    Chapter 3: Facts, opinions and news: how the infodemic revealed the need for Media & News Literacy Pedagogy

    Katerina Chryssanthopoulou

    Chapter 4: How social media has transformed Social Justice in an "enemy" of Brazilian People?

    Isly Viana

    Chapter 5: ICT and Media Education Curriculum for Teachers in the Post-Truth Era

    Alfonso Gutiérrez-Martín & Alba Torrego-González

    Part II. Media Representation/Misrepresentation

    Chapter 6: Representation in Imagery and Language

    Jimmeka Anderson and Deneen Dixon-Payne

    Chapter 7: In a Time of Crisis who can we Trust: A Call to Action from the Margins

    Angela Cooke-Jackson

    Chapter 8: The Impact of Media Exclusion: Analysing the Representation of Young Australians in The News

    Tanya Notley and Michael Dezuanni

    Chapter 9: Hollywood & Hope: Looking at Social Justice and Human Rights through a Critical Media Lens

    Rose Pacatte and Bonnie Abaunza

    Part III. Civic Media, Politics, and Policy

    Chapter 10: Media education and citizenship in neoliberal times

    David Buckingham

    Chapter 11: Media Literacy and Social Justice: Connections, Fissures, and the Future

    Spencer Brayton and Natasha Casey

    Chapter 12: Media Literacy, Values, and Drivers of Youth Civic Engagement

    Roman Gerodimos

    Chapter 13: Media Literacy as Civic Discourse: A Framework for Inquisitive "Listening" and Authentic "Speaking" in a Digital Space

    Meredith Baldi & Prescott Seraydarian

    Part IV. Eco Media Literacy- Climate, Public & Digital Spaces and Places

    Chapter 14: Ecomedia Literacy: Decolonizing Media and the Climate Emergency

    Antonio López

    Chapter 15: Media Literacy Goes Outside: A Case for Speculative Realism & Environmental Justice in the Media Arts Classroom

    Benjamin Thevenin

    Chapter 16: Interrogating Power & Transforming Education with Critical Media Literacy

    Jeff Share

    Chapter 17: Equity through Expression: Media Literacy, Creativity, and Arts-based Pedagogy

    Theresa Redmond, Tempestt Adams, and Peaches Hash

    Part V: Education and Equity

    Chapter 18: Media Environments: A Dynamic Model of Media Literacy, Activism, and Change

    Katherine G. Fry

    Chapter 19: Talking Back: Media, Archival Pedagogy, and Podcasting

    Donna Alvermann

    Chapter 20: Equity in K-12 Education in the age of COVID-19: Comparing Five European Countries

    Vitor Tomé, Divina Frau-Meigs, Igor Kanizaj, Marika Sikharulidze, and Oksana Pasichnyk

    Chapter 21: Health, Science, and Reliability—A Classroom Perspective

    Joanna Marshall

    Chapter 22: Making, feeling and moving among media: a pupil's right

    Michelle Cannon

    Part VI: Ethical Quandaries: Ideologies

    Chapter 23: Surveillance and the edtech imaginary via the mundane stuff of schooling

    Michelle Ciccone

    Chapter 24: The Constitutional Right to Lie and the Moral Duty to tell the Truth

    João Marecos and Francisco de Abreu Duarte

    Chapter 25: The Ethics of the New Wave of Censorship: A Media Literacy Perspective

    Nancy Usselmann

    Chapter 26: Social Media: the new ethical court

    Taciane Batista

    Part VII: Emerging Technologies: Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and Future Considerations

    Chapter 27: Virtual Reality and the "Empathy Machine": Immersive Media Literacy and Social Justice Activism

    Candace Parrish, Shanshan Wang, and James Castonguay

    Chapter 28: Chapter Whose Justice? – Media Literacy for Handling Internet Media Trial

    Alice Y. L. Lee

    Chapter 29: Algorithmic Social Justice through Participatory Action Research: Media Binds or Blinds?

    Melda N. Yildiz

    Chapter 30: Reconceptualizing Media Literacy for the Mid-21st Century: A Vision of Media and Society 2022-2040

    Renee Cherow-O’Leary

    Contributor Biographies


    Belinha S. De Abreu is an International Media Literacy Educator and Professor at Sacred Heart University, USA.