Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes

Edward T. Arke

in The Oxford Handbook of Media Psychology

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195398809
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Media Literacy: History, Progress, and Future Hopes

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This chapter aims to introduce the subdiscipline of media literacy through the examination of the genre’s history, current challenges, and possible future directions. With roots dating back to the late 1920s, the idea of educating consumers about the content and production methods of media messages has been attempted in a number of ways and venues. With media consumption a large part of most people’s leisure time, the need to get individuals to more critically engage the messages continues to be an important educational objective. The largest challenge, however, is the lack of government support for such an initiative coupled with an apparent lack of awareness on the part of most people. What needs to occur is a more organized and systematic approach for the inclusion of media literacy instruction in secondary and higher education.

Keywords: mass communication studies; media education; media history; media literacy; media literacy education; media messages; media studies

Article.  9213 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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