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):
One of the objectives of this research project is to develop a set of workshops that will help participants nurture objective views, attitudes, and critical thinking skills toward media infrastructure. In other words, the workshops we develop are educational tools that will allow participants to “defamiliarize” media infrastructure that they take for granted in their daily lives. The primary participants are adults, ranging from undergraduate students to business people in different fields.
On March 2, 2019, we ran a series of workshops titled “Landscape Photos and Digital Platform” that were designed as “Type 1 (T1)” and “Type 2 (T2)” workshop models. The aims of T1 and T2 workshops are to “reflect on one’s media infrastructure usage” and “critically reflect on the existence of media infrastructure” respectively (see “Theoretical background” for details of the categorization.)
The titles of the three workshops (translated from Japanese) are as follows:
Workshop 1 (WS1): Let’s rank the sceneries – T1
Workshop 2 (WS2): Where were the photos taken? – T1
Workshop 3 (WS3): What it was like to “search” in those days? – T2
（Latest Info of February 25, 2019.)
Due to the circumstance of the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout Japan, we have to announce that we will cancel the second annual seminar at Aomori.
We are sorry for the faculty members of the Aomori Public University and expective participants.
We will hold another academic event in the next academic year that will start in April.
Shin Mizukoshi and members of the Infra Literacy Project.
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.