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Mediactive Paperback – December 9, 2010
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--James Fallows, author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square
A trustworthy press is required for the survival of a democracy, and we really need this book right now." --Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
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--James Fallows, Atlantic Magazine, author of Postcards from Tomorrow Square and Breaking the News
"Dan's book helps us understand when the news we read is reliable and trustworthy, and how to determine when what we're reading is intended to deceive. A trustworthy press is required for the survival of a democracy, and we really need this book right now."
--Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist
"A master-class in media-literacy for the 21st century, operating on all scales from the tiniest details of navigating wiki software all the way up to sensible and smart suggestions for reforming law and policy to make the news better and fairer. Gillmor's a reporter's reporter for the information age, Mediactive made me want to stand up and salute."
--Cory Doctorow, co-editor/owner, Boing Boing; author of For the Win
"As the lines between professional and citizen journalists continue to blur, Mediactive provides a useful roadmap to help us become savvier consumers and creators alike."
-- Steve Case, chairman and CEO of Revolution and co-founder of America Online
"It's all true - at least to someone. And that's the problem in a hypermediated world where everyone and anyone can represent his own reality. Gillmor attacks the problem of representation and reality head on, demanding we become media-active users of our emerging media, instead of passive consumers. If this book doesn't get you out of Facebook and back on the real Internet, nothing will."
--Douglas Rushkoff, author of Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age
"An important book showing people how to swim rather than drown in today's torrent of information. Dan Gillmor lives on the front line of digital information - there's no-one better to help us understand the risks and opportunities or help us ask the right questions."
--Richard Sambrook, Global Vice Chairman and Chief Content Officer at Edelman, and former BBC Director of Global News
"With the future of journalism and democracy in peril, Mediactive comes along with sage and practical advice at a crucial time. Dan Gillmor, pioneering journalist and teacher of journalists, offers a practical guide to citizens who now need to become active producers as well as critical consumers of media. Read this book right away, buy one for a friend and another one for a student, and then put Gillmor's advice into action."
--Howard Rheingold, author of the Smart Mobs and other books about our digital future
"Through common-sense guidelines and well-chosen examples, Gillmor shows how anyone can navigate the half-truths, exaggerations and outright falsehoods that permeate today's media environment and ferret out what is true and important. As Gillmor writes, 'When we have unlimited sources of information, and when so much of what comes at us is questionable, our lives get more challenging. They also get more interesting.'"
--Dan Kennedy, assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University, former Boston Phoenix media critic, and author of the Media Nation blog at dankennedy.net
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The third section is, in my opinion, the least useful part of the book. It starts with a review of the laws and norms governing journalism and communications in the U.S., but it's at best an overview of the issues that any journalist should be aware of. Then, it jumps into a discussion of teaching and learning media literacy and journalism, and concludes with what needs to change in order to improve the practice of journalism. As Gillmor himself admits, the latter topic alone deserves its own book, and that's the problem with the final section of "Mediactive". Each of the last three chapters would work much better as separate books, and there are books that you can buy on the three subject areas that are much more comprehensive than the information that Gillmor gives in a single chapter.
In short, I strongly recommend "Mediactive" if you or someone you know is serious about developing media literacy skills, and moderately recommend it if you're interested in citizen journalism. If the topics in the last three chapters are of serious interest, you'd do better by buying books dedicated to the topics.
Chairman, Advisory Board, Center for News Literacy, Stony Brook University
Former president, CBS News
Make sure you get copies for your children.
But something like this should be required reading for all High School students, because we don't, as a society, really question the information we are fed daily...where does it come from, why is it important, who thinks it's important, is it slanted to influence me, and why and by whom?
We don't at the very least, think about it.. and we should.
There are cases presented in here that just smoked me. I thought I was pretty jaded and savvy, and I found I had been suckered in like everyone else. Very eye opening.
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He has a good view of media today. The examples are helpful and very effective. Touches on media literacy and professional media production.Published on September 6, 2013 by Dr. B. Iverson
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Very interesting approach to analyze the influence of the new information environment. Is easy to understand for me and my level of english.Published on March 28, 2012 by Oscar Martinez Ciuro
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I reviewed this book for my job as a media researcher. Some of this review is modified from my longer review for the Center for Social Media, which you can read here: [...]. Read morePublished on February 20, 2011 by K. Donnelly
I am advocate for Media Literacy Education and "Mediactive" fits my needs as an American and Teacher. He tells it like it is and he speaks from experience. Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by The Patriot