We’ve got a great discussion on digital literacy, social activism, and young people this week on the podcast!
Tara L. Conley from Media Make Change joins the show to discuss a host of issues in media and culture, from underserved communities using media technologies, to social activism changing the world at home and abroad.
We touch on a little bit of everything, from the Digital Divide, to digital literacy, to the intersection of race, gender, and Internet access.
Then, Bobby discusses an interesting piece in Filmmaker Magazine that criticizes the crowdfunding trend as being unsustainable. Can you really crowdfund your films? Can you make a career out of it?
The background on Media Make Change, and how they work with community members and students to use media technology to improve communities.
Does the Digital Divide still exist? Or is it more a question of how people are using the tools they have?
Grading the digital literacy levels of young people in America.
How do minorities and women catch up online? Create a second Silicon Valley? Let the free market decide?
Bobby tells a bad story. What else is new? At least it’s better than the joke he told two weeks ago on the show…
Talking about solutions, who does it fall on to improve digital literacy in underserved communities? Prominent African-American scholars, or the kids themselves?
Has the presidential election activated young people in the social media sphere to be more intellectually active?
The world is metaphorically getting smaller – are young people realizing how much of an impact they have on the world with digital media and mobile technology?
Bobby talks about his favorite thing – slacktivism!
Overcoming slacktivism, and using digital media to transition from tweeting about something, to doing something tangible to improve a community.
We’ve all tweeted something we regret. What do we do? Delete it? Ignore it? How do we teach kids that whatever we say on Facebook stays there forever?
After the break, one filmmaker argues that crowdfunding is unsustainable and won’t withstand the test of time. Is he right? Bobby discusses.
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