Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information

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Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information contributes to ongoing conversations about control of knowledge and different ways of knowing. It does so by analysing how media and information literacy (MIL) is proposed as a solution for addressing society’s crisis of information. Questioning why MIL is commonly believed to wield such power, the book throws into sharp relief several paradoxes that are built into common understandings of such literacies. Haider and Sundin take the reader on a journey across different fields of practice, research and policymaking, including librarianship, information studies, teaching and journalism, media and communication and the educational sciences. The authors also consider national information policy proposals and the recommendations of NGOs or international bodies, such as UNESCO and the OECD. Showing that MIL plays an active role in contemporary controversies, such as those on climate change or vaccination, Haider and Sundin argue that such controversies challenge existing notions of fact and ignorance, trust and doubt, and our understanding of information access and information control. The book thus argues for the need to unpack and understand the contradictions forming around these notions in relation to MIL, rather than trying to achieve agreement. Paradoxes of Media and Information Literacy: The Crisis of Information combines careful analytical and conceptual discussions with an in-depth understanding of information practices and of the contemporary information infrastructure. It is essential reading for scholars and students engaged in library and information studies, media and communication, journalism studies and the educational sciences.

1. Introduction to the literacy paradoxes
2. Responsibility and the crisis of information
3. Situating media and information literacy
4. Media and information literacy as a site for anticipation
5. Educating for media and information literacy
6. Polarisation of media and information literacy: The case of Sweden
7. Conclusion
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
Commissioning bodySwedish Research Council
Number of pages174
ISBN (Electronic)9781003163237
ISBN (Print)9780367756215, 9780367756192
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Information Studies

Free keywords

  • source criticism
  • evaluation of sources
  • trust
  • paradoxes
  • media and information literacy


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