What is Media Literacy?
The ability to analyze and evaluate communication in a variety of media forms — television, print, radio, world wide web — through the understanding of its “conventions”
What is Critical Viewing?
When we talk about “critical viewing,” we’re not talking about “criticizing” aprogram. Viewing “critically” means that you and your family are making yourselves aware of the program or commercial and all of its “conventions” or elements — content, plot, gender and ethnic portrayals, background music, camera angles, lighting and so on. Critical viewing allows you and your children to gain some emotional and mental distance from what you watch on TV and have more control over its impact on you.