“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!
We have published a paper (in Japanese) reporting the progress of our ongoing project on March 2020. In this paper titled “A New Literacy for Media Infrastructure: Theoretical Examination and Learning Program Development” we describe the theoretical framework and provide examples of the workshops we have designed and practiced to develop media infra literacy.
The paper is available from the link below (Sorry, Japanese only):