What is Media Literacy?

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You know he says “The battle for the mind of North America” because it’s a Canadian film, right? This week, we take a look at the highway collision of media criticism and online discourse, so spawning a term for a new age: “media literacy.” Maybe you’re seeing it a lot, too.

This discussion covers the often autobiographical nature of media criticism, the purpose of art itself, and whether “Tank!” or “Battle Cry” is the better anime theme song. Either way, hating Batman and Robin is not a personality. It’s not The Glimmer Man. Art with social value often seems to be a reflection of the greater tides in society, rather than setting the terms. I’ve often said that if art can be dangerous, warping our sense of identity or the immediate character of others, it can also be useful. So is it?

This episode also known as: “World War I and Telephone Poles”

Runtime: [01:54:30]

Music Selection
Mysterious Night

Further Reading
Wow Cool Robot
A Painfully Honest Review of Netflix Cowboy Bebop (video)
Games Workshop reminds fans Warhammer 40K’s Imperium of Man are the bad guys after a player wore Nazi imagery to a tournament
Reel to Real: Psychology Goes to the Movies
Law and Order: Examining Films That Had an Impact on Legislation
From ‘Hellbound’ to ‘Squid Game,’ churches fret over religious zealot characters

Next time on Questions: We Don’t Have Answers…

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