WRC 1013/1023 Freshman Composition: Exploring Critical Issues

Sources for WRC 1013: Christina Frasier, Darren Meritz & Pamela Mahan

Introduction: Media Literacy

“Fake news” became a key phrase during the 2016 presidential election, and it continues to be one of President Trump’s accusations towards the media. However, those in positions of power, including politicians and media corporations, have been shaping the public’s perception of the media for centuries through various methods, such as propaganda. As the extent of foreign interference in the 2016 election continues to be revealed, it is important to think critically about the messages presented to us, indicating a need for what we call “media literacy.” A related section in this anthology focuses on visual rhetoric, which draws attention to the way images are used to convey ideas.

The articles in this section go beyond media literacy issues in America, with articles by European authors. In addition to the articles, there are two resources on the Audio/Video tab.

Link to Reading Comprehension Questions

Media Literacy

Northeastern. Christiane Amanpour Delivers Northeastern University’s 2017 Commencement Address. 2017. YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpzZ_Bymekw.