Defining Media Literacy

In this section, we reflect on a widely used definition of media literacy and the issues associated with the concept for learning in a digital age.

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Watch the following excerpt from the live radio show at the 2005 conference of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) held in Burlington, Vermont. Jot down the important issues that the host and interviewees reference during the discussion.


Media Literacy

Media Literacy is the ability to accessanalyzeevaluate and create media in a variety of forms[1].

This definition was first published in 1992. Is it still relevant today? Should it be amended or adapted in any way? Let us know what you think by posting a comment on the discussion forum, for example:

    • The Aspen definition of media literacy should …
    • The basic definition of media literacy is still valid because …

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Why is Media Literacy Important for You?

Please visit the media literacy forum and let us know why media literacy is important to you. Provide an example(s).


  1. Aspen Media Literacy Leadership Institute (1992) cited by Center for Media Literacy.
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