About the Project

About the New Literacy for Media Infrastructure Project:

Until the 2000s, media literacy evolved while centering around the application of critical thinking of contents such as TV programs and the exchanges on social media. However, unlike television, messages on social media are inseparable from the infrastructure that supports them, as the nature of the infrastructure frames the contents and the communication phenomenon. At a time when Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are so visible in our daily lives, we believe it is necessary to examine and promote media literacy towards such media infrastructure, which has yet to be studied in depth.

This research project aims to establish a new media theory and design educational workshop programs to develop new media literacy in the era of media infrastructure. Our goal is to nurture critical thinking towards the structure, function and design of media infrastructure – from Twitter, Facebook and Google, not to mention the Internet itself -not only from technological viewpoints but also from political, economic and cultural perspectives. To do so, we will work closely and globally with those working in the fields of emerging new media theory, learning sciences, art and design.

This research community is supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B) from 2018 to 2020: Grant Number JP18H03343.


  • Shin Mizukoshi (University of Tokyo)
  • Hajime Hasegawa (Meijigakuin University)
  • Mami Komaya (Jissen Women’s University)
  • Setsuko Kamiya (University of Tokyo)
  • Atsushi Udagawa (University of Tokyo)
  • Masahiro Katsuno (University of Tokyo)
  • Osamu Nakano (Japan Workers’ Co-operative Union)