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ERIC Number: EJ896121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Exploring the Political Dimensions of Information Literacy through Popular Film
Detmering, Robert
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v10 n3 p265-282 Jul 2010
Certain popular films contextualize the access, use, and interpretation of information within a political and social framework. As a result, these films function as alternative pedagogical sites for analysis and critique, facilitating critical thinking about information beyond the library and the classroom, and leading students to a deeper understanding of the fundamental need for information literacy. A conceptual basis for the consideration of film in politically engaged information literacy instruction is provided, supported by a discussion of three relevant films: Jason Reitman's "Thank You for Smoking" (2006), Joel and Ethan Coen's "Burn after Reading" (2008), and Oliver Stone's "W." (2008). (Contains 62 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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