Digital Literacy: The Power of Speech

Thursday, April 12 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM | VIFF VANCITY THEATRE

Enabling citizens to be socially responsible as both creators and consumers of digital media is vital to our democracy. R2R gives students the tools they need to be socially engaged and address hot-button issues with confidence.

During this interactive presentation, media educator Tash King will examine how digital technologies have reshaped concepts of credibility, authority, and verification. Students will discuss the proliferation of “fake news” in both mainstream and social media. Consideration will be given to media designed to influence public opinion, including: sponsored content, propaganda, and disinformation.



Tash King

Tash King is a sociologist, writer, educator and mixed-media artist living on the unceeded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh and Coast Salish peoples. She holds B.A degrees in Sociology & International Studies from Simon Fraser Univeristy (SFU), and has participated in extensive training as an educator, researcher and support worker. Tash brings together years of experience as a Research Assistant at SFU and crisis counsellor at WAVAW to offer comprehensive and thoughtful workshops which address the intersection of politics and identity in screen-based media. Currently, Tash brings her passion for media literacy and critical thinking into her work as a curriculum designer, media educator and filmmaking instructor at The Cinematheque. Her current research focuses specifically on the shifting nature of truth in the current media landscape.

This program is available by pre-registration only and is subject to change.