Earlier in my blogs I have supported the introduction of Media Literacy in academics however I also feel that with the different schools of thought initiated by mostly the Media Experts and Media Gurus. The introduction of Media Production should also be made obligatory in the curriculum, but a lot of people do not agree let’s see what their point of view is.
Many Educationists believe that until the students of media literacy involve in designing their own Programs, News Letters, plan and design various storyboards and perform in front of the television. They cannot truly become the true Media Analysts, advisors or might not be able to read between lines whatever messages media send (Levy, 2014).
This is also appreciated by Goodman in 1996 that “The Power of Technology” is unleashed when students can use it in their own hands as authors of their own work and use it for critical inquiry, self-reflection and creative expression (Compaine, 2001).
If we study this view we note that the more the students study the media messages the better they get to analyze information from them. Many educators support this view and let their students read and write content in media to produce more critical and technical messages. Media Production helps them to work as a team and initiate further growth of media in the industry (Johnson & Perlmutter, 2013).
However Stafford in 1990 argued that by involving media literacy students in production and real life learning we are just creating apes who will actually lose the critical and analytical approach from their own mind. Also few educators stressed that the study of Media Production involves a lot of heavy and expensive equipment. Thorough professionals from the industry that not all the schools or universities are hiring at the moment and use of digital and visual learning is not practiced a lot (Potter, 2013).
Grahame’s view in 1991 is somewhat interesting to think that media production is not a very ideal subject to be introduced in the media literacy education since it might also make parents wonder what their children are learning since all they do is make videos and write news stories.