Media Literacy & Ethical Participation

In Jenkins’ paper, “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century,” he states how important technology and media are to students and young people of the future. I obviously related to his claims because so many children are falling behind in school because they do not have the resource,s whether at their schools or at home. He stated three gaps that i see far too often. The Participation Gap is when students fall behind not only academically but also in the workplace later in life. Students who do have these resources early on are better prepared for the real world, which causes the gap to widen. The Transparency Problem is when schools disregard the importance of media as resources to help them, as they do not consider them relevant or useful tools. Teachers are close-minded that textbooks are the only logical way for students to learn information, which can harm them as they enter the workforce. The Ethic Challenge is students being educated on the effect the information they post through media can have on others. The more they are taught in this way, the more schools will see the positive impact media can have on education.

Jenkins also explains the ways teachers can use negotiation to help their students be open-minded about the world around them. Society has caused young people to turn away from those that are different from them, based on race, sexual orientation, geographical location, or language. Teachers have to find ways to make their students see that what classifies others as different can be a good thing, as they can learn something from them. I like how Jenkins mentioned Japanese Manga and how Western audiences, like Americans, have embraced it when they initially thought of it as weird. I watched anime in elementary school, such as Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, without knowing it was anime, or even from Japan. However, when I was in high school, people would say how weird it was and it was hard to relate to, but now that I am in college, I have accepted its differences and found something new and different to enjoy about it.

Hobbs’ “Fair Use and Digital Learning” describes the safe ways students can use copyrighted materials and how it is violated. She explains how the availability of the documentary “Eyes on the Prize” was limited due to its licenses expiring and the For Foundation estimating it would cost $5 million to renew the license. EMI had unreasonable rates, and Warner Chappell owned the rights to the song, “Happy Birthday,” and earned $2 Million a year. Hobbs also states that for teachers to allow students to use copyrighted material, they need to form communities so that they can convince large companies that using their licensed material will benefit the students.

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