Yourspace: Questioning New Media

Yourspace: Questioning New Media

by Heather E. Schwartz
     
 

Give young readers the tools they need to evaluate the barrage of media messages that reach them every day. Value assumptions, product placements, and cures to act are embedded in each media message. This fun series embraces media as entertaining and useful but also empowers readers as they learn a systematic way to question pop culture and to recognize how

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Give young readers the tools they need to evaluate the barrage of media messages that reach them every day. Value assumptions, product placements, and cures to act are embedded in each media message. This fun series embraces media as entertaining and useful but also empowers readers as they learn a systematic way to question pop culture and to recognize how influential media messages are.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Margaret C. F. Pollock
This slim volume is one of a Capstone Press' teaching series about various types of media. The "new media" of this title refers to hardware and software for communications, namely computers and cell phones. The main effect of this book should be to stimulate curiosity about messages received and to be alert to their unwritten meanings. At the same time, the author teaches plenty of information about new media and helps readers gain a sense of confidence about using new media safely and successfully. The set-up of the book is to pose five questions, and then to explore each one. For example, "Who made the message and why?" and "How does the message get and keep my attention?" Textboxes and a short glossary explain jargon. However, "podcast," "blog," and "spam" are used without explanation. Perhaps the author assumes that modern readers already know these terms. In practice, teachers should be prepared to define them. Two special tools are a timeline of new media development that provides historical context and a website related to this book. The website offers links to age-appropriate, child-safe websites on all sorts of interesting topics, plus a list of related book titles. Altogether, this book would be a fine, high-interest tool for teaching information literacy, especially alongside computers and cell phones. Reviewer: Margaret C. F. Pollock

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429619936
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2008
Series:
Capstone Media Literacy Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Heather E. Schwartz writes books for kids from her home in upstate New York. She loves writing because she loves learning new things, brainstorming creative ideas, and moving words around on a page. In her spare time, she runs a website for young writers (WriteintheMiddle.co). She also enjoys baking cookies in fun shapes, throwing holiday parties, walking in the woods, eating cider donuts, and spending time with her family.

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