Welcome to Mediactive

We’re in an age of information overload, and too much of what we watch, hear and read is mistaken, deceitful or even dangerous. Yet you and I can take control and make media serve us — all of us — by being active consumers and participants. Here’s how.

That language is on the cover of Mediactive, a book that is at the heart of this site. It reflects a philosophy that is simple, though difficult in practice: that we all need to use, not merely consume, the media–and that being literate in a digital age includes being creators of media, too.

Since the book was published in 2009, I’ve used it as the core of several online courses I teach for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I’ve kept discussing the topics in the book in a variety of places, including here, my own blog, and columns for other publications.

Now we’re turning it into a MOOC (massive open online course). You can find out more about that project here.

The menu at the top will help you find your way around the site. Let me know how I can improve it.

–Dan Gillmor