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By any media necessary
Intensely political years present rich opportunities for teaching and learning. As we enter the 2015/16 school year, I suspect we’ll see a bounty of resources to aid in the teaching of civic engagement and media literacy.
One highly engaging, high quality resource high school and university instructors, and especially librarians, will want to grab right away is
At the heart of the phrase “By Any Media Necessary” we’re building upon Malcolm X’s famous phrase “by any means necessary,” but we’re saying today change will come, not through a single media platform, but by the ability to coordinate your message across many different channels, to reach many different publics with multiple messages, all serving some shared vision of what political change needs to be.
Together, the companion reader, curricular activities, resource toolkit, links to research, artifacts, and media library–that includes original media produced by activist groups–comprise a total online experience exploring new forms of political activities and identities that have emerged from the practices of participatory culture and are impacting how American youth think of their civic identities.
- Youth Voice, Media, and Political Engagement: Core Concepts
- “Watch 30 Minute Video on Internet, Become Social Activist”
- “Decreasing World Suck”: How Fan Activists Tap Content Worlds
- Between Storytelling and Surveillance: The Precarious Public of American Muslim Youth
- DREAMing Citizenship: Undocumented Youth, Coming Out, and Pathways to Participation
- Bypassing the Ballot Box: How Libertarian Youth Are Re-imagining the Political
- “It’s Called Giving a Shit!”: What Counts as “Politics”?
You are going to want to sharewith teachers of media, history, political science, civics, English, sociology and move, as well as any extracurricular clubs and organizations concerned with student agency and action.
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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