ERIC Number: EJ775982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 8
The Influence of Popular Culture and Entertainment Media on Adult Education
Thompson, Patricia M.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n115 p83-90 Fall 2007
The idea that popular culture and entertainment media influence us in both conscious and unconscious ways is not new. The use of alternative spaces, such as internet sites, for creating entertainment will continue to influence society and challenge educators. The importance of the internet was reflected in Time magazine's choosing YOU (meaning the general public) as Person of the Year for 2006. Time boldly stated that "you control the media now, and the world will never be the same" (Grossman, 2006/2007, p. 42); in doing so it recognized that technology has created a platform for individuals to express themselves in ways that people a generation ago could not have even imagined. An excellent example is the internet site YouTube. This chapter summarizes the main themes in this volume: the role of popular culture and entertainment media in facilitating critical media literacy with adult learners; the influence of popular culture on our understanding of ourselves and others; and the ways in which popular culture reinforces or resists the dominant culture.
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Adult Students, Adult Learning, Adult Basic Education, Popular Culture, Internet, Mass Media Effects, Teaching Methods, Cultural Influences, Social Influences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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