Making Media Studies is a collection of previously published and updated works by David Gauntlett, including his infamous essay, “Media Studies 2.0.” It explores ways in which the traditional media studies paradigm has been disrupted by prosumers and the practices of everyday people and DIY “makers” who are using the internet to learn, make things and share ideas. He argues that media studies practitioners need to learn from the makers movement to encourage more creativity, design thinking and conversation. Gauntlett positions himself as an optimist and criticizes overly negative approaches to internet culture that he sees as common among media scholars. This review applies Gauntlett’s thinking to current debates in media literacy education, drawing out lessons for media educators about ways to rethink pedagogy and to balance critical inquiry with a makers approach.
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Lopez, A. (2016). Book Review: Making Media Studies by David Gauntlett. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 8(2), 125-132. https://doi.org/10.23860/jmle-8-2-8
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