Very Brief History of 2500 Years of Media Literacy

Crash Course: “In order to understand the history of media literacy we have to go all the way back to straight up literacy. In the first half of our look at the history of media literacy, Jay takes us all the way back to Ancient Greece and forward through the printing press, newspapers, and Yellow Journalism.” Transcript.

Mentioned:
Plato’s Phaedrus,

Johannes Gutenberg invented the movable type printing press in 1452.

Newspapers didn’t really exist until the 1600s.

Penny Press in the 1800s.

Benjamin H. Day, publisher of The New York Sun, printed this motto atop every issue: “The object of this paper is to lay before the public, at a price within the means of every one, all the news of the day, and at the same time offer an advantageous medium for advertisements.”

Resources & References:

The Impact of the Printing Press http://courses.educ.ubc.ca/etec540/Se…

Grandparents of Media Literacy https://www.grandparentsofmedialitera…

The Grandparents of Media Literacy Gallery is the website companion to a book edited by Renee Hobbs entitled Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative, which was published by Temple University Press in 2016. 

Maine Explosion Caused by Bomb or Torpedo? https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/i…

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