We live in a world of media.
Mass media, social media, targeted media - it's all there.
And yet Media Studies and related subjects are often criticised and seen as 'easy.'
The fact is, Media Literacy is something we all need - urgently - in today's world.
Too many people are left illiterate in this area. And in a world of Trumpy McTrumpface and all the other sh**, this IS NOT GOOD.
So today, my nerdlets, I'm going to attempt to show you why you need to start thinking about this - and how you can do that:
What counts as 'media?'
Why is it important?
- TV Tropes - this is a huge resource of recurrent themes, stereotypes, and symbols, within all aspects of the media, complete with examples (the site started with TV themes etc. - hence the name.)
- BBC Bitesize Media Studies homepage - this is based around a Media Studies qualification in the UK, but the information is relevant all the same. The representation section in particular may be useful to you.
- Common Sense Media - this is a site with a focus on media literacy for kids, and is aimed primarily at parents and educators; it does have some really interesting articles and resources which I'm sure you'll find useful.
OK, I hope that's useful guys - go be awesome! :)
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