chapter  3
23 Pages

Critical engagement

ByLaura D’Olimpio

As philosophers and educators look to how mass art, media and social media can be used, we can consider the critical and celebratory perspectives offered by Adorno and Benjamin as a starting point. Questions of spectatorship and engagement with technologically produced, reproduced and distributed mass objects necessarily invoke ethical concerns and aesthetic judgements. It is important to consider how to encourage users engaging with multimedia objects to be critical, particularly given that this includes critiquing the social, political and moral messages therein. Teaching people to think critically and respond to others with compassion is vital, particularly when we consider various technological media such as broadcast news, the Internet, blogs and other social media platforms.