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Literacy in general refers to knowledge and ability with regard to a particular subject or skill. The skill often associated with literacy involves language—specifically, the ability to read and write in a particular language. The subject area sometimes associated with literacy involves the humanities, or, more broadly, a liberal arts education. In earlier times, a literate person was someone who could read and write and who was familiar with great works of literature and prominent scientific theories. The concept has evolved to include multiple literacies, but the underlying notions of knowledge and ability remain as key indicators of a particular literacy. This entry first defines media literacy and discusses its relationship to other literacies. The entry then discusses the implications of media literacy for ...

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