Category Archives: Media Literacy and Pop Culture

[Trailer Review] Rambo Returns in the Trump Era

There’s something to be said about the durability of Sylvester Stallone’s action brand. Since the release of his career defining Rocky in 1976, Stallone’s creative body of film work has been continuously prolific. Regardless of critical acclaim, respective projects may … Continue reading

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[Trailer Review] Top Gun: Maverick & the 80s Renaissance

As Tom Cruise revealed the dynamic trailer for Top Gun: Maverick, yesterday at San Diego Comic Con, the Twitter-verse is a buzz with applause and wonder. For Generation Xers like me, all things Top Gun are a welcome return. For … Continue reading

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Genre: A Doorway to Cultural Studies

As a Communications Technology teacher, its of pressing importance to ensure that students are not only tech savvy but culturally literate. This is at the essence of a program that encourages students to be effective communicators who can decode media … Continue reading

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Endgame Avenges the Theatrical Experience

Over the course of the past eleven years and twenty-two films in total as of this date, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has evolved into what seems to be an irreplaceable framework for global storytelling of mythical proportions. From the first … Continue reading

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From Input to Output: #Medialiteracy is a Critical Literacy

This past Friday I had the unique and privileged opportunity to facilitate a workshop for a group of Toronto Catholic District School Board colleagues. In coming together as part of a self-directed professional development day, it was a humbling experience … Continue reading

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Tis’ The Season: “Gremlins” and the Power of Horror

One of the joys of my teaching career is that I’ve had the privilege to take my fandom of all things movies and pop culture and translate that into a legitimate study of media literacy all while working to empower … Continue reading

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Multi-literacy and Student Empowerment

As a current Masters of Education student at Queen’s University with a focus on media literacy, my goal is engage in deep learning that will not only let me reflect on practice but also impact and evolve my pedagogy. As … Continue reading

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Media Literacy is a Critical Literacy

Well before I became a teacher, I was in the intellectual minefields of justifying my film studies within the circles of english majors and aspiring political scientists. Although film is without argument the most global industrial art form with an … Continue reading

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Andi Mack: A Parent’s Guide to Season 3 (Thus far).

Earlier this year I wrote a post celebrating Disney’s Andi Mack for its cultural forwardness. From Cyrus growing into his understanding of his own sexuality to Jonah’s struggle with anxiety, the show created by Terri Minisky (of Lizzie McGuire fame) … Continue reading

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