Media and Education in the Digital Age (MEDA) is a programme that addresses the challenges, risks and opportunities associated to the use of media in the great variety of social practices that are usually included in the broader definition of educational practices. The general goal of MEDA is to support the critical use of media. More precisely, MEDA supports the production, improvement, dissemination and usage of critical knowledge about the many ways in which media in general and digital media in particular affects our life.
MEDA is a scientific programme. The notion of science, however, is here endorsed in its critical connotation: one that includes at least three elements. First an explicit attention to the relations of power implied, reproduced, challenged or otherwise associated to both educational practices and technological development. Second, a certain sensitivity towards the idea that the study of social phenomena is not detached from but very much part of and actually influential upon the phenomena investigated – what is usually referred to as the” indeterminacy principle” applied to the social sciences. Finally, this meaning of critical contains a normative commitment to the idea that improvement in education should be defined in relation to the “individual” conceptualized as a value in herself and independently from other configurations instrumentally associated to this notion in the economic, political or religious domains.