Week # 11- Imagery and Video
The huge expansion in the use of different kinds of media and the wide spread , fast paced improvement for such tools allows the easiest ever accessibility for information by the young generation. This has impacted greatly teen’s culture and schooling which in turn, has placed greater pressure on educators who have to face the new emerged challenges with outdated tools and skills. Although students possess a good knowledge in ICT language and culture, that doesn’t mean they all the time comprehend the message behind the content which can be manipulated. As Considine, D., Horton, J., & Moorman, G. (2009) point out that “Being surrounded with media doesn’t necessarily mean that we recognize or understand its content or intent”. Since media literacy is one of the 21 century requirements and as students are more attracted to media text, educators need not only to integrate media literacy into curriculum but also to develop the critical and academic literacy skills that are necessary for success in an out of school. I really liked the Australian high schools approach in using films and series to teach analyzing and evaluating media texts. Using different forms of media can be both informational and motivational and at the same time engaging for all kinds of students. It is now widely believed that the school system has to fill the gap between the literacy skills that students develop in their social environment and the literacy environment of the school through media literacy instruction, taking the advantage of students’ preference of social networking “wikis, blogs and chat rooms” to use it for educational purposes. Along with that educators need to make sure that students understand the social and commercial context of media as well as the potential effects or consequences of those messages. The question is that theoretically that is very encouraging but the problem here is that how can we prepare our curriculum and educators to align with the rapid and constant nature of change in technology medium and tools? And what are the implications of immersing our students in this virtual world on their future perception of values and beliefs?
Thomson, R. (2002). The Politics of Staring: Visual rhetorics of disability in Popular Photography sequenced in a very informative way the development of society’s conscious, attitude and the typical way it has addressed the image of disabled people in photography and how it has for a long time reflected and shaped the way people perceive what is considered as normal and unmoral body shape. The taxonomy of the four primary visual rhetorics of disability “ wondrous, sentimental, exotic and realistic” have shed light on how the cultural changes and civil rights movements have participated in the efforts of familiarizing disability over the defamiliarizing it. Still more effort is needed to represent the injustice of the present exclusion of society’s policies. It is clear now from what we observe in different forms of media how can a well employed picture or image be more effective than a hundred words