Share Paper: Media and Historical Literacy: Changing the Context of History

  1. Rina Bousalis, Florida Atlantic University, United States
  2. Jillian Powers, Florida Atlantic University, United States
  3. Ann Musgrove, Florida Atlantic University, United States
  4. Glenn J. Musgrove, Broward College, United States
Thursday, March 21 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Celebrity Ballroom 3

Abstract: Due to the vast amount of technology resources accessible to the public today, depictions of people, places, and events which were once held as true are no longer being accepted as reality. History is being changed. As evidence of shameful pasts have been brought to light using technology, statues of Confederate generals have been tumbled, streets names have been retitled, and holidays have been removed from the calendar. Textbooks and state education standards have been altered, and classic books banned. While youth often resort to social media for social studies knowledge, sensationalized news and images can promote negative stereotypes. Unable ...