Mediacy
with Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus
Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen from the Association for Media Literacy gather each Monday evening to look at 21st Century culture and current events through a media literacy lens. From politics to popular culture, we guarantee that you won't leave an episode thinking quite the same way ever again.
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Educator/parents Chelsea Attwell and Rebecca Leslie are back to discuss anxieties and ideas about establishing a healthy relationship between our children and their technology.

Carol Arcus welcomes educator/parents Chelsea Attwell and Rebecca Leslie to talk about the challenges and opportunities of parenting in a digital age.

Neil and Carol continue their unique look at Canadian humour from a media literacy lens. How can we apply McLuhan’s idea of the Figure and Ground to reflect on the development of the Canadian humour scene.

Carol and Neil dive into the world of Canadian humour, including sketch comedy, from a media literacy lens. How is Canadian humour different than that expressed in other countries and cultures? What makes the Canadian brand of humour unique?

Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen unpack the 2019 Federal election campaign, including Carol’s theory that the CBC television coverage of the election returns mirrored the elements of traditional Greek Theatre.

In this special, pre-election edition of Mediacy, Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen talk about the media’s role in election campaigns, the role of social media and how campaign messages are constructed.

Jesse Currell is dedicated to empowering educators, youth, teams, and nations with the skills to thrive in the digital world. She is the CEO at Hands On Media an organization that provide production-based workshops, Hands on Media offers educators and…

Jesse Currell is dedicated to empowering educators, youth, teams, and nations with the skills to thrive in the digital world. She is the CEO at Hands On Media an organization that provide production-based workshops, Hands on Media offers educators and…

Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus use the controversy over recently-released photos of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing “brown face” at a 2011 costume party as a backdrop for a conversation about Marshall McLuhan’s concept of “figure” and “ground”….

In this week’s episode, Neil Anderson and Carol Arcus explore the case studies of Lil Nas X and Bianca Andreescu and discuss their public popularity, how it came to be and what might become of it in the weeks and months to come.

The second of a two-part series of conversations about the popular song, Old Town Road.

Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus are joined by special guest, Steven Webbe, as they set out to explore some of the nuances of the popular song, Old Town Road

Neil Andersen returns in this episode to pick up some of the threads introduced in the past two episodes. A deeper dive into some of what has emerged in terms of the gamer identity, our dispositions (and pre-dispositions) towards various types of…

Diana Maliszewski and Denise Colby return for another week to explore more on the gaming dynamic, the identities and even the personalities associated with “gamers”.

Guest hosts Diana Maliszewski and Denise Colby bring their passion for games and gaming to this episode of Mediacy. Tonight, what games do you play? How do you play? Why do you play? Bringing a media literacy lens to the experience of the game!

From songs that expresses value, gathers us around particular events and rituals to songs that evoke particular feelings of emotion, there is no doubt just how important music has always been in popular culture.

Tonight on Mediacy, Carol Arcus and…

Fake news is old news, but has become fashionable now. It is a consequence of electronic media and the web, where there are many more news sources.

In this episode, Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen begin to explore the emergence of fake news, how to…

Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus return to a discussion of Pop Culture and, in particular, the degree to which youth fashion in the 21st century is (or is not) a medium of resistance.

Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen are joined by Futurist, researcher and powerful public speaker, Jesse Hirsh, to discuss the lack of and, in fact, need for a public service media in a democratic Canada. What is public service media? What purpose could it…

Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen embark on the first of several conversations about “Popular”. What does it mean to say that something is “popular”? Who decides what is popular? Does popular culture represent our deepest hopes and aspirations or is it…

Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen continue their conversation on Identity, Social Media and Violence with a special focus this week on practical ways that we can engage educators and parents in the conversation. What do we need to be aware of in terms of…

Using recent violence in New Zealand as a backdrop, Neil and Carol explore the points of intersection between violence, media and identity, with a special focus on the role of social media in helping to weave new and more public narratives.

What role does/do Social Media play in the enactment of world events? Have social media users, in a sense, become a form of media? What role does social media play in the erosion of empathy among citizens of the global village? What new conversations…

In this episode, Neil and Carol dig deeper into what it means to live in a culture of ubiquitous screen time and screen presence. From selfies that help identify and place us in the world, to questions of when and where selfie images are appropriate,…

Neil Andersen and Carol Arcus join Stephen Hurley to talk about how might we discover and respond to the effects of ubiquitous cameras and screens in our society.

In this opening episode of the Mediacy Podcast, Carol Arcus and Neil Andersen draw the circle wide around the media literacy landscape, underline the importance of seeing all aspects of our life as mediated, and provide us with three important…