Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the Twenty-First Century (Counterpoints #343) (Paperback)

Mediacology: A Multicultural Approach to Media Literacy in the Twenty-First Century (Counterpoints #343) By Shirley R. Steinberg (Editor), Joe L. Kincheloe (Editor), Antonio López Cover Image
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This is book number 343 in the Counterpoints series.


Traditional media literacy models are mostly left-brained, inherited from the legacy of alphabetic literacy, the Gutenberg press revolution, and industrial mass media production. New digital media radically alter the environment: their nonlinear, multisensory, field-like properties are more right-brain oriented. Consequently, rather than focus exclusively on deconstructing the products of design objects (such as an advertisement text ), digital learning should respond to the design of the system itself, including cultural and cognitive bias.
Mediacology proposes a design-for-pattern approach called media permaculture , which restructures media literacy to be in sync with new media practices connected with sustainability and the perceptual functions of the right brain hemisphere. In the same way that permaculture approaches gardening by establishing the natural parameters of its ecological niche, media permaculture explores the individual's mediacological niche in the context of knowledge communities. By applying bioregional thinking to the symbolic order, media permaculture redresses the standard one-size-fits-all literacy model by taking into account diverse cognitive strategies and emerging convergence media practices. Antonio L pez applies a practical knowledge of alternative media, cross-cultural communication, and ecology to build a meaningful theory of media education.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780820497075
ISBN-10: 082049707X
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: April 29th, 2008
Pages: 180
Language: English
Series: Counterpoints