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ERIC Number: EJ983571
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Newspaper Twitter: Applied Drama and Microblogging
Wotzko, Rebecca
Research in Drama Education, v17 n4 p569-581 2012
This paper discusses the use of applied drama within the microblogging platform "Twitter" as a method to increase students' social media and news literacy. Online news sites are increasingly using "Twitter" as a source for eyewitness accounts of events or public opinion. "Twitter" offers users a simple way to publicly broadcast or "tweet" about news, activities, thoughts and feelings, or to share links, videos or photographs, all through a piece of text under 140 characters in length. The site has received a lot of attention due to its use in recent events such as the 2011 floods in Queensland, Australia; the Tunisian protests and the Egyptian uprising. The use of "Twitter" by the mainstream news media gives their news stories authenticity at a time when its credibility is dropping due to the accessibility of news from independent or citizen journalists who publish via social media sites. This creates an opportunity for an applied drama exercise to encourage students to use "Twitter" to reconsider the messages being broadcast by mainstream news media. This paper presents a case study of Australian university students as creators/performers/publishers of reframed media messages, using online and classroom performance. The author adopts a participant observer role to describe the preparation and delivery of a classroom-based pilot study of a mediated applied drama method. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia