Critical Media Literacy in the Age of the Neoliberal University: Challenges, Strategies, and Rewards

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Despite the need, media literacy is not a common experience in the United States. While there have been efforts to incorporate media literacy in K-12 education, research suggests media literacy courses are limited in American colleges and universities. This article explores the obstacles presented by the neoliberal university and offers strategies for cultivating critical media literacy in higher education.


The special issue was also published as a book with the same title by Information Age Publishing in 2018. ISBN 9781641132633 (pbk.)