Is Media Literacy a Prerequisite in the Digital Age?

The millennial generation is clearly conversant with the technical aspects of our information age but young people are among the most vulnerable to media misapplications. There is a tendency towards manipulation of data and information flow in the attention economy. Students need to acquire the knowledge and skills to distinguish between fact and fiction in our highly digitalized and mediatized world. Media literacy is becoming an essential component of education. It is not only of vital importance to develop critical thinking to recognize disinformation but also to harness the full potential of the media in a creative way.

What exactly is media literacy and how should it be taught most effectively? How can media literacy be used to nurture digital citizenship? How can young media consumers become creative innovators? In this selection of articles, specialists in this field bring their own insights and perspectives to the role of media literacy in the digital age.


Nurturing Young Citizens’ Creativity in Media Use

We need media projects to harness young people’s creativity in a socially responsible way.

Diverse Discourse, Limited Action: Media Literacy in East Asia

How to advance media literacy in East Asia given the different developmental contexts and media...

Media Literacy’s Pivotal Role in a Disinformation Society

Media literacy helps us to expose falsehood in journalism and explore the creative potential of...

Fake News: Is Media Literacy a Solution?

We must consider new approaches to teaching and learning about media in a ubiquitous digital...

Why is Media Education Critical in Today’s Attention Economy?

The digital generation needs a new skill set to cope with encroaching media.

Preparing African Youth for a Post-Truth World

How can media literacy help youth wade through the fog of information overload?

Media Literacy: A Key to Digital Citizenship

With media literacy young people can be leaders rather than followers in our digital world.

What is Media Literacy and How Should We Teach it?

Today, media power rests in our hands, but we need to learn how to use...