Teaching Beyond Borders
Afterword: Media Literacy Goes Global
ALICE Y. L. LEE
Half a century ago, media educators called for “media literacy [to go] into the classroom.” Today, media literacy has to go global. The 21st century is an era of transformation. We have witnessed great social and technological changes in the new millennium, and media literacy also has had a paradigm shift. The notion of media literacy no doubt has incorporated a global dimension. This book, Global Media Literacy in a Digital Age, is a timely academic exploration on this new development.
In the past two decades, scholars and researchers have identified a number of future-shaping forces in our world (Castells, 2000; Friedman, 2006; Gratton, 2011; Tvede, 2010), and these forces are definitely related to the development of media literacy. The key elements include technological development, social transformation, and the rise of the Net generation. Taking all of these new social drivers into account, authors of this book magnificently place media literacy in context historically, socially, and educationally, for scrutiny within a wider field of globalization.
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