Media Literacy

Media Literacies: The set of competencies and sociocultural practices that allow one to analyze, evaluate, circulate, and create content in any media form (e.g. print, visual, interactive, audio), and to meaningfully participate in communities and networks. “Media literacies,” in plural, include both “media literacy” (Hobbs, 2010), and what some researchers have conceptualized as “new literacies” (Lankshear & Knobel, 2007) and “new media literacies” (Jenkins et al. 2006). That is, they encompass literacy approaches that not only focus on individual engagement with media (media literacy) but also competencies that address community involvement and participatory cultures (new media literacies). Moreover, “media literacies” also include traditional literacies such as reading and writing.