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Critical Media Literacy In Action: Uniting Theory, Practice And Politics In Media Education, Benjamin Joseph Thevenin Jan 2012

Critical Media Literacy In Action: Uniting Theory, Practice And Politics In Media Education, Benjamin Joseph Thevenin

Journalism & Mass Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

As media literacy is a growing field, there exist a number of distinct approaches to media education with varied political significance. Approaches such as protectionism, media arts education, and critical media literacy draw upon diverse theoretical traditions. Often overlooked in these traditions is the Critical Theory of the Frankfurt School. By implementing some key theoretical concepts from the work of the Frankfurt School into the design of a media education program, this project intends to test an approach to media literacy education that encourages critical political participation among young people. This program was conducted at an high school in Denver ...