Mobile Media Matters: Investigating Wireless/Mobile with Dialed-In: A Cell Phone Literacy Toolkit

There are 234 million cell phone subscribers in the United States, 45.5 million of whom own smartphones. By the end of 2011, the consumer electronics industry was expected to bring in more than $190 billion.   A remarkable share of that revenue is coming from people of color, who are adopting smartphones at faster rates than white consumers and are doing far more with them.  

Accessing the Internet on mobile phones is usually the first doorway to the broadband service for most rural, low-income, migrant and communities of color. Our communities use it to surf the Internet, send and receive messages, engage social media and produce or publish media on their phones. This is why it's so crucial that we understand how our mobile phones work.  What are our privacy rights? What type of information is being shared about us? How can we use our mobile devices to create, organize and communicate?

The Dialed-In toolkit will help provide some insight on the questions of our day as it relates to cellphones and mobile devices.  It was produced as a collaboration between the Center for Urban Pedagogy, Media Literacy Project, the Institute for Popular Education of Southern California and People's Production House. Each organization produced four complementary sections of this curriculum including a documentary video, media literacy exercises, mobile policy workshops and activities for re-imagining cellphones as devices for documentation and personal expression. This webinar highlights several sections of Dialed-In including workshops to prompt conversations about cell phone infrastructure and how people can influence this framework, encourage students to think critically about how meaning is shaped by different types of mobile communications media, demystify the cellphone as a commodity and envision a more connected relationship to mobile technology by enriching the potential use of cell phones.  

  • Guest Speaker: Carlos Pareja, People's Production House
  • Moderated by Betty Yu, Center for Media Justice