Winter 2009     ISSN 1096-1453     Volume 13, Issue 4     Editorial page 10
As the technological and commercially-mediated environments in society have increased, young children and youth are much more exposed to many forms of media today than ever before. Considering the impact of various forms of media on young children and youth, it is important for scholars and practitioners worldwide to explore what it means to be “literate” in the 21st century.

Given the diverse convergence of scholarship in domains such as media literacy/education, cultural studies, media studies, educational media and instructional technology, and critical pedagogy, this special issue of Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ) includes a variety of articles that focus explicitly on important issues associated with media literacy. I am very pleased to observe that all of the articles in this special issue clearly deal with common themes which are extremely crucial in thinking about Media Literacy: the inter-relationship between theories and practices in pluralistic societies and global village. The article of Chung and Lee articulates critical literacy and media literacy for providing a sound connection between theory and practices. Dobrick offers an article which expands perspectives on media literacy by emphasizing practical suggestions associated with this field, whereas Nam extends the theory of media literacy from a global viewpoint. Moreover, Ma, Clausen and Lee elaborate on the international connections present in media literacy by explaining how they can be deepened through meaningful partnerships with universities. The different aspects of media literacy are also expanded in two articles written by Carter and Punyanunt-Carter, as well as that of Robinson, who adds in a standpoint in which diversity issues such as disabled children and LGBT individuals are explored.

In conclusion, each article not only represents its own unique scholarship, but also, they relate to one another within the larger contextual framework of media literacy. As a result, I am confident that this current issue contributes to the redefinition of several critical issues of media literacy.

The topic of media literacy will continue to be examined in Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ) by associating this topic with the issue which focuses on Popular Culture (Keyword: Culture-3) that will be released in the Winter of 2010. I strongly encourage the authors and the readers to contribute to this important field of education by submitting your work for consideration. More detailed information about the submission procedure can be found in the Academic Exchange Quarterly (AEQ) website.

Lena Lee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor , Dept. of Teacher Education
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio