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Everyday Media Literacy

An Analog Guide for Your Digital Life

Sue Ellen Christian



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CRC Press
04 October 2019
In this graphic guide to media literacy, award-winning educator Sue Ellen Christian offers students an accessible, informed and lively look at how they can consume and create media intentionally and critically.

The straight-talking textbook offers timely examples and relevant activities to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to assess all media, including news and information. Through discussion prompts, writing exercises, key terms, online links and even origami, readers are provided with a framework from which to critically consume and create media in their everyday lives. Chapters examine news literacy, online activism, digital inequality, privacy, social media and identity, global media corporations and beyond, giving readers a nuanced understanding of the key concepts and concerns at the core of media literacy.

Concise, creative and curated, this book highlights the cultural, political and economic dynamics of media in our contemporary society, and how consumers can mindfully navigate their daily media use. Everyday Media Literacy is perfect for students (and educators) of media literacy, journalism, education and media effects looking to build their understanding in an engaging way.

Instructor slides and quizzes (with answers in bold) for this book are available through the Routledge Instructor Hub.
By:   Sue Ellen Christian
Imprint:   CRC Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   481g
ISBN:   9780815386599
ISBN 10:   0815386591
Pages:   278
Publication Date:   04 October 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sue Ellen Christian is a professor of communication at Western Michigan University. She was the 2016 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year and has received the highest honor for teaching from her institution. She is an award-winning former Chicago Tribune staff writer and the author of Overcoming Bias: A Journalist's Guide to Culture and Context (Routledge).

Reviews for Everyday Media Literacy: An Analog Guide for Your Digital Life

Everyday Media Literacy comes at a critical moment in the life of the American mind; we've never had more facts at our disposal, and we've never been more acutely aware of how wrong they can be. This wonderful book, as contemplative as it is clear in its instruction, offers insight into the overwhelming tide of choices and encourages us to make our decisions mindfully. It is required reading for students of the storytelling crafts. But it's also for anyone seeking clarity and understanding of the world around them. -Christi Parsons, senior editor, The Atlantic Researching like the scholar she is and writing like the journalist she was, Sue Ellen Christian has produced a perfect handbook for citizens in an information (and disinformation) age: Readable, informative and important. -Kathy Kiely, Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies at the Missouri School of Journalism. Prof. Christian takes on the critical issue of media literacy with an approach that is clear, accessible and well-researched, and that considers the subject from a global perspective. Everyday Media Literacy will enable readers to navigate the contemporary chaos of misinformation to distinguish fact from falsehood and become more engaged, informed citizens. -Louise Kiernan, editor-in-chief, ProPublica Illinois and faculty, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. This book is accessible, engaging and important. Read it to regain control of the news as it affects you and to protect our democracy. A lot of people are trying to twist the news. This book straightens things out again. -Joe Grimm, editor-in-residence, Michigan State University School of Journalism

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