Media Empowerment via the Best and the Worst: A Dialectic Approach to Teaching Media Literacy to our Children
Prof. Terrence Ross.
Media is the foundation for our children sense of the world. It poses the gravest threat and greatest opportunity to their successful maturation. Today’s media is filled with pernicious lies and dangerous ethics. This reality needs to be exposed. At the same time, especially when working with children, the positive aspects of media, both the potential of the language and various quality expressions in this language, need to be showcased and celebrated. The “Media Empowerment” workshop will model this approach, evolved in the SAY IT! SHOUT IT! SING IT! media literacy program, through screenings and discussions of video clips of the best and the worst from popular American culture. These will range from gender and race biased commercials, to challenging and uplifting music videos.
The Workshop will proceed from “reading” media, to an examination of “writing” media. Student work from the SAY IT! program will be discussed. The SAY IT! model has the children experience curriculum through traditional arts (theatre, dance, music, etc.) and then reflect upon the experience by “writing” it into a media piece (a record of the piece combined with interviews on the process and possible scholarly reflections on the curriculum issues). Finally, the workshop will address the possibilities to link up children world-wide through a web based exchange of media “readings” (movie and music reviews; news analysis; homepages for each school) and media “writings” (music and poetry videos, video plays, computer manipulated self portraits), creating for our young people the beginnings of an electronic Global Village.
Prof. Terrence Ross (United States)
Terrence Ross is an Associate Professor at Adelphi University, an Adjunct Professor at New York University and the Director of the SAY IT! SHOUT IT! SING IT! program of media literacy for at-risk children in Lower Manhattan. He is also a published novelist and an award winning filmmaker.
(60 min. Workshop, English)