The internet, computer games, social networking, mobile communications. Young people today are growing up in a digital world that presents both opportunities and problems for educators. Yet amid excited claims about digital creativity and panics about online safety, there has been very little attention to the need for critical thinking about media and technology. In this talk, leading British media educator Professor David Buckingham will challenge some of the received wisdom on these issues. He will outline a critical approach to teaching about digital media, and consider whether media literacy is a sufficient response to the challenges of a ‘post-truth’ era.
David Buckingham is an Emeritus Professor at Loughborough University in the UK. He has published 30 books and 250 articles about media, young people and education, and lectured in more than 35 countries around the world.