The Friday Morning Lecture Series presents:

Media Literacy and Democracy in a Hypermedia Age

presented by Dr. Paul Mihailidis
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the McCarthy Meeting Room

From Facebook to Twitter, from Occupy Wall Street to the Arab Uprising, citizens today are using participatory media tools to engage with their communities and constituents in new and dynamic ways. This lecture will explore how social and mobile media platforms are revolutionizing the information industry. It will show fundamental shifts in the way that news is gathered, reported and disseminated, and what this means for the future of democracy in the United States and around the world. Finally, the lecture will explore media literacy as the movement that can help prepare citizens for lives of involvement and inclusiveness in digital democracies.

Paul Mihailidis is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Marketing Communication at Emerson College. Dr. Mihailidis’s research concerns the connections between media, education, and citizenship in the 21st century. He has published widely on media literacy, global media, and digital citizenship. He is the editor of the forthcoming News Literacy: Global Perspectives for the Newsroom and Classroom (Peter Lang) and co-author of The Media Literacy Project (Pearson). His most recent work is on a Media Literacy Learning Commons Model predicated on new participatory civic voices. Mihailidis sits on the board of directors for the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), and is reviews editor for the Journal of Media Literacy Education (JMLE). Dr. Mihailidis is also director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, an annual global media program that gathers 70 students from around the world to explore the intersection of media, citizenship, and democracy in a participatory age..
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