New Book Explores the Roots of Media Literacy

Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative offers a unique contribution in that it features more than a dozen distinguished authors discussing their views on the history of digital and media literacy from a range of different scholarly standpoints. Mixing well-recognized authors alongside some lesser-known and highly notable voices from a range of disciplines, Hobbs' book will tap the curiosity of readers who want to explore connections at the intersection of film/media studies, communication, and education. The individuals featured weave narratives of the integral scholars from previous generations whose work most influenced their own path. The collection offers a view on some of the earlier intellectual roots that ground the complex, multiply-defined constructs of digital literacy and media literacy."

—Rebecca Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University


Each chapter describes an individual whom the author considers to be a type of "grandparent." By weaving together two sets of personal stories-that of the contributing author and that of the key ideas and life history of the historical figure under their scrutiny-major concepts of digital media and learning emerge.

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Introduction Renee Hobbs

1 Historical Roots of Media Literacy Renee Hobbs

2 David Weinberger on Martin Heidegger
David Weinberger

3 Lance Strate on Marshall McLuhan
Lance Strate

4 Dana Polan on Roland Barthes
Dana Polan

5 Cynthia Lewis on Mikhail Bakhtin
Cynthia Lewis

6 Srividya Ramasubramanian on Gordon Allport
Srividya Ramasubramanian

7 Michael RobbGrieco on Michel Foucault
Michael RobbGrieco

8 Gianna Cappello on Theodor Adorno
Gianna Cappello

9 Douglas Kellner on Herbert Marcuse
Douglas Kellner

10 Henry Jenkins on John Fiske
Henry Jenkins

11 Amy Petersen Jensen on Bertolt Brecht
Amy Petersen Jensen

12 Donna E. Alvermann on Simone de Beauvoir
Donna E. Alvermann

13 Jeremiah Dyehouse on John Dewey
Jeremiah Dyehouse

14 Renee Hobbs on Jerome Bruner
Renee Hobbs

15 Vanessa Domine on Neil Postman
Vanessa Domine

16 Peter Gutierrez on Scott McCloud
Peter Gutierrez

17 Susan Moeller on Roland Barthes
Susan Moeller

Epilogue Renee Hobbs