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What do Paulo Freire and selfies have in common?

Inspired by Paulo Freire's 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed,' media studies professor David Nemer's latest book charts oppression and emancipation through technology in Brazilian favelas

MedResidents of a Brazilian favela taking a selfie using a smartphone. Photo: Karol Moraes / Shutterstock.com
MedResidents of a Brazilian favela taking a selfie using a smartphone. Photo: Karol Moraes/Shutterstock

David Nemer barely knew who Paulo Freire was when he began his Ph.D. in the U.S., where the Brazilian educator is renowned within academic circles. To be able to hold a conversation with his colleagues, Mr. Nemer began studying Freire’s works, and made an important realization — the critical pedagogist’s texts fit perfectly with the current age of technology.

Mr. Nemer is a researcher at the department of media studies of the University of Virginia, and a faculty associate at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center and Princeton University’s Brazil Lab. Last year, he released his second book, “Technology of...

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