Certain popular films contextualize the access, use, and interpretation of information within a political and social framework. As a result, these films function as alternative pedagogical sites for analysis and critique, facilitating critical thinking about information beyond the library and the classroom, and leading students to a deeper understanding of the fundamental need for information literacy. A conceptual basis for the consideration of film in politically engaged information literacy instruction is provided, supported by a discussion of three relevant films: Jason Reitman’s Thank You for Smoking (2006), Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn after Reading (2008), and Oliver Stone’s W. (2008).
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This article was originally published in Portal: Libraries and the Academy, volume 10, issue 3, in 2010.
Detmering, Robert, "Exploring the political dimensions of information literacy through popular film." (2010). Faculty Scholarship. Paper 28.