Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information

Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy

The Crisis of Information
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Publisher: Routledge
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No. of pages:174 pages
Size:234x156 mm
Weight:276 g
Illustrations: 3 Illustrations, black & white; 3 Line drawings, black & white
Short description:

This book analyses why media and information literacy is seen as a solution in addressing the information crisis, demonstrating paradoxes built into these literacies  and arguing for a need to unpack and understand these contradictions. Suitable for those interested in library and information studies.

Long description:
Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy contributes to ongoing conversations about control of knowledge and different ways of knowing. It does so by analysing why media and information literacy (MIL) is proposed as a solution for addressing the current information crisis.

Questioning why MIL is commonly believed to wield such power, the book throws into sharp relief several paradoxes that are built into common understandings of such literacies. Haider and Sundin take the reader on a journey across different fields of practice, research and policymaking, including librarianship, information studies, teaching and journalism, media and communication and the educational sciences. The authors also consider national information policy proposals and the recommendations of NGOs or international bodies, such as UNESCO and the OECD. Showing that MIL plays an active role in contemporary controversies, such as those on climate change or vaccination, Haider and Sundin argue that such controversies challenge existing notions of fact and ignorance, trust and doubt, and our understanding of information access and information control. The book thus argues for the need to unpack and understand the contradictions forming around these notions in relation to MIL, rather than attempting to arrive at a single, comprehensive definition.

Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy combines careful analytical and conceptual discussions with an in-depth understanding of information practices and of the contemporary information infrastructure. It is essential reading for scholars and students engaged in library and information studies, media and communication, journalism studies and the educational sciences.

"Questions for a Crisis"; a book review by Barbara Fister can be read here:

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction to the literacy paradoxes, 2. Responsibility and the crisis of information, 3. Situating media and information literacy, 4. Media and information literacy as a site for anticipation, 5. Educating for media and information literacy, 6. Polarisation of media and information literacy: The case of Sweden, 7. Conclusion.