OK, so most Canadians have survived the municipal elections.
Our friends to the south still have to get through their big election day tomorrow – then it’s democracy for us all!
More than ever before, to be techno-savvy, media literate and truly democratic these days, you need to develop some of your own special filters – critical thinking habits, discriminating market awareness, and a range of communication and information management skills – including, but not limited to updating your Facebook page!
Especially for younger people, the many overt and subtle ways that media and technology can influence personal and social identities, meaningful relationships and lifelong values, is both a challenge and an opportunity.
And, like many elections, the real impact may come later.
Understanding the impact of media and technology – be it on an individual or on a culture – can be a matter of survival.
We all want to know what features a specific cell phone has, for example, just as we all should want to know what impact media and technology have on our economy, our society, ourselves.
From the specific to the general, these topics will be explored in several venues across Canada during this, the fifth anniversary of Media Literacy Week, going on from November 1 to 5.
Before and during the week, schools, community organizations, libraries, and parent- and youth-based groups across Canada will be participating in activities, such as panel discussions, youth forums, film festivals, animation workshops, student video contests, conference presentations and parent workshops.
It all leads to this coming November 6th, Media Democracy Day.
That’s when tech fans, media makers, innovators, educators, students and citizens all are invited to participate in discussions on the state of the Canadian and global tech and media scene. Several Canadian tech companies are supporting the initiatives.
Some activities are on line, some are in the ‘real world’, such as the free panel discussions, workshop sessions, keynote speakers, film screenings and an exhibition of local, alternative, non-commercial and public media and technology outlets, all part of a special one-day event in Vancouver among other locations, hosted by the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, OpenMedia.ca, and the Vancouver Public Library.
Media Literacy Week is supported by YouTube as a Gold Sponsor and Bell as a Silver Sponsor for 2010.
Mnet, the Media Awareness Network, is a Canadian not-for-profit centre of expertise in media and digital literacy. MNet’s programs are funded by its public and private sector sponsors and partners, including: CTVglobemedia, Canwest, TELUS, Bell, Canadian Internet Registration Authority, and the National Film Board of Canada.
You can also check out the Association for Media Literacy; the AML is a voluntary, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting media education as a means of understanding the influence of the media, and the impact of rapidly evolving technology, on our culture.
submitted by Lee Rickwood