Did media literacy just get a whole lot cooler?
The IFC Media Project, which premiered last night on the cable channel of the same name, calls itself "a user's guide to how the news gets made." It focuses on the news stories that slip through the cracks due to corporate ownership, sensationalized tragedy stories, and self-serving analysis. Check out the video!
Although I have not had the chance to see the show myself, this New York Times article makes it sound really interesting and fun. Each episode includes an editorial cartoon, and the show encourages public debate about all things media. And we can only imagine that sometime soon the show will tackle some tough feminist issues (right, IFC?).
Some upcoming episodes are called, "The Frontlines of Journalism", "Dumbing it Down", and "Unreliable Sources". I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get out my computer and watch this stuff! After all, the marriage between Gideon Yago and media criticism is one that previously existed only in my nerdy dreams (and I know there is a way we can make it a threesome. What do you say, Gideon? Call me!).
So what do you think? Did anyone watch the show? How was it? And what do you think about a media outlet like IFC using their resources to promote media literacy? Is this a good thing, because it makes media literacy information more accessible and cooler-seeming? Or should media literacy be kept out of the hands of corporate media at all costs?
Thanks to Annalee for the heads up about this new show. And for sharing my Yago crush.
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