A democratic civilization will save itself only if it makes the language of the image into a stimulus for critical reflection, not an invitation to hypnosis.
Case Study Video, Elementary
Elementary school teachers strengthen critical thinking and communication skills by engaging students in using copyrighted materials to create their own public service announcement on global warming.
Created in collaboration with The Media Spot, this video features elementary school students at P.S. 124, The Silas
Dutcher School in Brooklyn, New York. Use this video to discuss the fair use of copyrighted materials in conjunction with the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.
2. Why do you think these students chose to use copyrighted works in their videos? Why didn't they use royalty-free music? Why do you think they chose a picture of a Cadillac instead of a generic car image with no logo?
3. Do you think the students should have given credit to the original creators of the images they used in their videos? The students used Google Images -- how would they find out who the original creator is?
4. Which of the five principles are relevant in this case? What evidence supports your answer?