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1 YouTube Critical Pedagogy and Media Activism An Articulation Douglas Kellner and Gooyong Kim A main goal of critical pedagogy is to facilitate simultaneously individual development and social transformation for a more egalitarian and just society As opposed to the reproductive role of education critical pedagogy strives for the action of dialogical Subjects upon reality in order to transform it by posing reality as a problem Freire 1970 p 168 In other words critical pedagogy believes education to be a form of cultural politics that is fundamental to social transformation aiming to cultivate human agency and transformative activity With the firm belief in the potentiality of the people critical pedagogy equips individuals with opportunities to expose develop and realize their human capacities through participating in the pursuit of liberation of themselves and society at the same time Freire 1970 p 169 Therefore due to individual differences in development and abilities genuine education is never just a matter of a homogenized schooling during a certain time period Essentially education is a life long process and search for self fulfillment As Dewey and Freire note with critical perspectives on education s role in societal as well as individual developments it can also be a democratizing force and promote cultural revolution and social transformation However education today tends to be confined to schooling that is getting instruction as job training or indoctrination into established value systems and practices Education in a capitalist society is a kind of voucher for politico economic success or at least subsistence Furthermore the hidden curriculum of mass media s popular pedagogy such as advertising media socialization and political propaganda means that education in the United States as a life time process tends to be controlled by dominant economic and political institutions In other 2 words education is no longer primarily a matter of self development



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