Module 2.3:

Media literacy in the classroom. Explore the impact of media on political process and democratic legitimacy by referring to current events.

Some observers have heralded coming of the "new media" age as the catalyst that has instigated a populist political movement where citizens have greater access to the political world than ever before.

The most optimistic articulation of this view posits that mass media serve to stimulate political interest and activism among the mass public. Ordinary citizens are able to establish meaningful and effective roles for themselves in the political arena that has been primarily the domain of elites. Talk radio and Internet blogging for example, can provide an unstructured outlet for public expression.

By using the material and the methodology proposed by our Media literacy and Politics in the classroom. Explore the impact of media on political process by using current events teachers and school students could gain a high level of consciousness of the impact on changes of political process and democratic legitimacy.