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Mediated Communities

Civic Voices, Empowerment and Media Literacy in the Digital Era

Edited By Moses Shumow

Mediated Communities brings together a diverse, global cohort of academics and professional communicators to assess the current state of democratic mobilizing around the world and the ways in which protest movements are being transformed in the midst of a communication revolution. Contributors draw on a variety of international settings – from Greece to Lebanon, China to Argentina – to demonstrate the ways in which community organizing in the digital age relies increasingly on digital media to communicate, help participants find common ground, and fight for change. Contributors acknowledge the challenges that lie ahead for creating real and lasting democratic change, but at the same time are able to draw attention to the potential that digital media hold for strengthening citizen voices around the globe.
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Foreword – Developing Global Perspectives Through Media Literacy and Civic Engagement


~ Foreword ~


THE IMPETUS for the work found in Mediated Communities: Civic Voices, Empowerment, and Media Literacy in the Digital Age emerges out of a particularly unique academic setting. Every summer since 2007, an international group of students and educators has gathered at the Salzburg Global Seminar,1 housed in the historic Schloss Leopoldskron (known most famously as the setting for The Sound of Music), for the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change.2 Participants come from universities around the world—from China, Lebanon, and the United States, to Argentina, United Kingdom, and Uganda—and include academics, teachers, researchers, and professional communicators, along with a group of more than 70 students ranging from undergraduates to doctoral candidates.

For three weeks, faculty and students work together to grapple with the implications of a set of core questions that guide all the work done at the Academy:

•How do news media affect our understanding of our cultures, our politics, and ourselves?

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