“Media determine our situation,” an epigram by one of the most attractive media theorists: Fredrick Kittler, points out our very world under the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the mid-2010s, smartphones & SNS dramatically metamorphosed the media ecology surrounded us. Jargons such as fake news, misinformation, hate speech, echo-chamber effects confuse teachers and researchers who have been satisfied with mass media-centric media literacy theory. What is more, the COVID-19 pandemic tests it. We should hurry to renovate the next idea of media literacy. Although we cannot see the new theory’s whole figure, it must be a multi-layered one: from analog to digital, infrastructure to content, and sender to receiver.
For developing a multi-layered theory, we have two approaches: interdisciplinary academic collaboration and diverse social engagement. In this international seminar, we will discuss the latter. Weaving a rich social web for the next media literacy among social sectors such as universities, schools, media enterprises, ICT industries, community centers, and local government needs a cross-cultural understanding. Each social sector tends to focus on a different layer of media literacy. Cross-cultural awareness and networking develop a multifaceted knowledge of media literacy.
This seminar will examine social networks of media literacy in Belgium, Korea, and Japan. Each presentation will focus on a concrete local community. After presentations, we will discuss the possibilities and limitations for developing sustainable networks for new media literacy.
On September 4th, 2020, Shin Mizukoshi presented at the international webinar: Rethinking Literacy, Digital Competency and Media Education in the Age of Digital Platforms, hosted by Gyeongin National University of Education & Incheon Community Media Center in Korea.
The title of his presentation was Media Landscape without Apple: A Workshop for Critical Awareness of Alternative Media Infrastructure. He will publish an article based on this presentation soon.
Thank you so much, Professor Hyeon-Seon Jeong and her colleagues, for a wonderful online seminar!
The New Literacy for Media Infrastructure Project will hold the 7th seminar on September 22, 2019, to report our ongoing activities which aim to establish a new media theory and design educational workshop programs to develop new media literacy in the era of media infrastructure.
At this English event, we will introduce the latest prototype of our workshop, followed by a discussion with panelists including Professor Trebor Scholz of the New School University, an advocate of the “Platform Cooperativism,” Professor Kazunori Mizushima of social thoughts and cultural studies, and Professor Junko Taguchi of a new field: architect education.
Registration is required for this free event.
This seminar is also part of the two-day international symposium on the present and future relationship of digital platform and co-operatives titled “Platform Cooperativism” jointly held by Japan Co-operative Alliance(JCA) and the Media Infra-Literacy Project of Shin Mizukoshi Lab, the University of Tokyo.
We look forward to seeing many of you there!
Shin Mizukoshi, The New Literacy for Media Infrastructure Project
Title：International Seminar: Toolbox of Infra-Literacy
Date： September 22, 2019 13:30-17:00
Venue： Nobuo Ishibashi Memorial Hall, 3F, The Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo （Access → http://www.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/access）
This event will be free. Registration for the seminar is necessary:
Overview of Infra-Literacy Project（13:35-14:00/25min） Shin Mizukoshi, Professor, The University of Tokyo
Media Landscape Workshop 2019(14:00-15:00/60min) Atsushi Udagawa, Masahiro Katsuno and Setsuko Kamiya, The University of Tokyo
Panel Discussion: “How to Become Aware of the Existence of Media Platforms”(15:15-16:45/90min) Panelists: Trebor Scholz, Associate Professor, The New School University Kazunori Mizushima, Professor, Osaka Sangyo University Junko Taguchi, Project Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo Chair: Shin Mizukoshi
This seminar is part of “A New Literacy for Media Infrastructure” research project supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B) from 2018 to 2020: Grant Number JP18H03343.
For the first day’s information of the international symposium “Platform Cooperativism” on September 21, click here.
From June 29 to July 28, the infra-literacy project has been facilitating a long term workshop: Media Landscape Workshop with twelve participants from a variety of social sectors and academic disciplines in the Hongo campus, University of Tokyo.
Shin Mizukoshi’s online essay in Japanese “Resistance to GAFA Empires: Re-thinking about the future of digital platforms” has been out on the Kodansha online essay. It discusses the financial resources of media from radio to facebook and examines the possibilities of cooperative management of digital platforms.
We are going to hold an international seminar with Prof. Warren Sack, an eminent researcher on digital media studies and keen software designer and artist, University of California Santa Cruz.
This time, he will bring us fruits of his forthcoming book The Software Arts (MIT Press) and his interdisciplinary activities of media theory and practices mainly in California.