Cinema, Radio, and Television: Crash Course History of Science #29

With this telegraph, a device invented way back in the mid-1800s, I can communicate with you, even if you’re hundreds of miles away. I can update you on stock prices or the movements of enemy troops. Or who’s going to the next week on Ru Paul’s Drag Race! What’s harder to do is make you […]

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Media & the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy #4

Media & the Mind: Crash Course Media Literacy #4

Picture this. You sit down in front of a new movie. Or you turn on the radio in the car. What is your brain doing? Well, a lot of things, hopefully. But your brain is also working to make sense of whatever media you encounter. A flicker of pattern recognition and you realize this new […]

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History of Media Lit, part 2: Crash Course Media Literacy #3

History of Media Lit, part 2: Crash Course Media Literacy #3

During our last lesson we went way, way back to Ancient Greece where people were still a bit wary of the written word. We looked at how the printing press revolutionized literacy and later, how the newspaper became the first mass media. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At the turn of the […]

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Crash Course Media Literacy Preview

Crash Course Media Literacy Preview

Hello! My name is Jay Smooth and as you may have guessed from the title of this video, over the next 12 weeks I am going to teach you about Media Literacy. First, allow me to introduce myself: I’m the host of New York’s longest running hip-hop radio show the Underground Railroad, a media commentator […]

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Media Policy & You: Crash Course Media Literacy #9

Media Policy & You: Crash Course Media Literacy #9

Have you ever shared a GIF from your favorite movie or Instagrammed some meme you found online? In that moment, did you ever think about where that content came from and if you were allowed to use it? Did you consider that it may actually be illegal to share it? Or at least in some […]

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The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy #10

The Dark(er) Side of Media: Crash Course Media Literacy #10

Say you have an evil twin. They’re just like you but…different – somehow evil-er. Maybe they have a fancy twirling mustache and are just constantly listening to emo music. Maybe they hate chocolate and fun and bubbles and the greatest film of all time, Titanic. What if your evil twin not only looked and sounded […]

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Future Literacies: Crash Course Media Literacy #12

Future Literacies: Crash Course Media Literacy #12

Facebook first launched in 2004. YouTube came out in 2005. Twitter and Spotify: 2006. The first iPhone was released in 2007. Snapchat launched in 2011 and so did Siri. Tinder was founded in 2012. Google Glass was first released in 2013. Amazon’s Echo smart speaker came out in 2015. From social media to smartphones to […]

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Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy #11

Media Skills: Crash Course Media Literacy #11

If you’ve ever driven a car – legally, that is – you know before you taste that sweet, sweet vehicular freedom you had totake a really fun test. No, not the practical one where you parallel park between two cones like your life depends on it. The learner’s permit exam, the test of all tests. […]

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Media Regulation: Crash Course Government and Politics #45

Media Regulation: Crash Course Government and Politics #45

Hello. I’m Craig, and this is Crash Course Government and Politics. Today I’m gonna talk a little bit about the media. Specifically, the way the media interacts with the government itself, and more specifically, the way the government regulates the media. Some of you might be saying, “Craig, get real, the government doesn’t regulate the […]

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