In the midst of a global dialogue on fake news and press legitimacy, the case for media literacy is more compelling than ever. Throughout the diverse media environments in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and India, cultures of protest are closely tied to a proficiency in media literacy among educated youth. Political settings, whether democratic, populist, or authoritarian, complicate a society’s ability to criticize its press. The rise of internet news further complicates traditions of news consumption by challenging press institutions and offering more sensational forms of media. Despite these rapid changes, young readers continue to critically analyze the media they consume. Just as free press holds a nation accountable, media literate readers hold a biased or censored press accountable.
University of Puget Sound
Tacoma, Washington, United States
Langen, Olivia, "Cultures of Critical Media Consumption in Asia" (2018). Pac Rim Posters. 2.