Digital Media and Learning Conference: Opening Keynote by Ethan Zuckerman

Ethan Zuckerman begins his keynote address by showing a video from a high school that includes multiple high school students failing to answer simple civics-related questions. The video is a parody made by the high school’s students of Jay Leno’s “Jay-walking” videos. He goes on to discuss thick and thin forms of democratic involvement and civic efficacy. Some examples of these types of involvement included social media campaigns (ex. petitions and donation pages) and political protests and movements (Zuckerman). I had several questions while watching Zuckerman’s address about subjects he presented;

  1. Can “thin” forms of civic engagement via media actually make an impact/difference?
  2. What are some examples of thick (vs thin) ways to use media advocacy? (ex. for my project)
  3. How can we better educate our citizens about civics and democratic involvement/efficacy?

The overall theme I got from Zuckerman’s talk was improving¬†the future of interactive democracy and civics efficacy among citizens (participating in “thick” forms of engagement versus “thin”).


Sources Cited

Zuckerman, Ethan. “Opening Keynote from DML 2013.” Digital Media and Learning Conference. DML. Illinois, Chicago. 14 03 2013. Keynote.


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Phoebs is a Fine Arts student pursuing an Honors degree in Illustration.
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