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Theory of Media Literacy: A Cognitive Approach comprehensively explains how we absorb the flood of information in our media-saturated society and examines how we often construct faulty meanings from those messages. In this book, author W. James Potter enlightens readers on the tasks of information processing. By building on a foundation of principles about how humans think, Theory of Media Literacy examines decisions about filtering messages, standard schema to match meaning, and higher level skills to construct meaning.
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need a Theory of Media Literacy?
Chapter 2: Explicating the Construct of Media Literacy
II. Introducing the Theory
Chapter 3: Definitions and Distinctions
Chapter 4: The Media Literacy Model
Chapter 5: The Foundational Knowledge Structures
Chapter 6: The Personal Locus
Chapter 7: Competencies and Skills of Media Literacy
III. Information Processing
Chapter 8: The Filtering Task
Chapter 9: The Meaning-Matching Task
Chapter 10: The Meaning-Construction Task
Chapter 11: Traps in Meaning Construction