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International Review of Education

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 137–139 | Cite as

Global media literacy in a digital age: Teaching beyond borders

Edited by Belinha S. de Abreu and Melda N. Yildiz. Peter Lang, New York, 2016, 297 pp. Minding the Media series, vol 16. ISBN 978-1-4331-2845-5 (hbk), 978-1-4331-2844-8 (pbk), 978-1-4541-9279-4 (ePUB), 978-1-4539-1728-2 (e-PDF)
  • Alan Rogers
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This book argues that, standing on the brink of a third digital revolution in the coming of Web3, it is time to take stock of the implications for education and to look to the future – it is “timely and prescient” (p. ix): “Half a century ago media educators called for media literacy [to go] into the classroom. Today, media literacy has to go global” (p. 263).

The nature of the revolution is now well known. Youth have more in common with each other than with their elders (this has always been true); “the first global generation … are living online and reaching out to the world” (pp. ix, 266). The new technologies “have integrated seamlessly into the daily routines of citizens around the world” (p. 32, quoting Mihailidis 2014, p. 18).1“Regular people who are amateurs” rather than media professionals are creating the content online (p. 264). The impact of this on schools is deeply unsettling – although like many missionaries, this book tends to exaggerate the sins of the system they...

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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