Framing the Future of Fanfiction: How The New York Times' Portrayal of a Youth Media Subculture Influences Beliefs about Media Literacy Education

Berkowitz, Drew Emanuel
July 2012
Journal of Media Literacy Education;2012, Vol. 4 Issue 3, p198
Academic Journal
This article discusses how online fanfiction communities, their members, and their literacy practices are portrayed within popular and news media discourses. Many media literacy scholars believe these youth media subcultures practice complex and sophisticated forms of "new media" literacy. However, when educators attempt to incorporate these practices into K-12 literacy programs, the public's reactions may be heavily influenced by the media's documented patterns of marginalizing, dismissing, and denouncing youth subcultures. This study employs frame and critical discourse analysis in order to examine how the news media's portrayal of fanfiction shapes and reflects the beliefs of teachers, students, and parents.


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