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Media literacy and the Communications Act: what has been achieved and what should be done? A 2013 update

Livingstone, Sonia ORCID: 0000-0002-3248-9862 and Wang, Yinhan (2013) Media literacy and the Communications Act: what has been achieved and what should be done? A 2013 update. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Broughton Micova, Sally, Sujon, Zoetanya and Tambini, Damian (eds.) (Media Policy Brief 2 (Update)). Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Progress in digital skills has stalled. Despite growing broadband adoption and a range of media literacy initiatives, the evidence shows little improvement in adult or children’s levels of knowledge over the past few years. This is especially the case for the crucial dimensions of critical and participatory literacy. Yet citizens and consumers must rely on their digital skills as never before. Rapid transformations in the digital media landscape have put increasing pressure on individuals to navigate highly complex technologies, risking digital exclusion, consumer detriment, low participation and growing inequality. Government support has been cut just when it is most needed. Industry support is also vital, but needs a national effort to maximise visibility and coordination. Carefully targeting the promotion and resourcing of media literacy for those most in need could make a real difference. The effective promotion of digital skills and media literacy across the population should be a priority for the upcoming Communications White Paper.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors, LSE Media Policy Project
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 09:35
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2024 03:22
Projects: LSE Media Policy Project
Funders: Open Society Foundation, Higher Education Innovation Fund 5

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