Why does media-literacy matter? Let’s sample a little of the issue.
If you aren’t familiar with Eli Pariser’s Ted Talk on Beware Online “Filter Bubbles” start here:
- How We Broke Democracy: Our technology has changed this election, and is now undermining our ability to empathize with each other – Discusses how algorithms lead to the degree of surprise evident at the results of the election and how what we are reading online is fundamentally changing our understanding of who we are as a nation.
- Media Literacy in a Post Truth World – We are so compelled to believe the worst of one candidate and the best of another, that we are incapable and unwilling to entertain any critical thought. We are more interested in what we believe rather than what is true.
- What Facebook Did to Media Literacy in America – While our view of what’s transpired in this country in recent months may not be crystal clear, over the past week, many have raised questions about the proliferation of fake news, raising concerns about how inaccurate stories — widely circulated on sites like Facebook — might have influenced voters in the presidential election.
- Clickclickclick.click – Think you are careful about what data you are giving away about yourself when you browse online? You’re probably giving a lot more away about yourself and your habits than you realize.
- Red Feed, Blue Feed-An amazing tool from the Wall Street Journal. “To demonstrate how reality may differ for different Facebook users, The Wall Street Journal created two feeds, one “blue” and the other “red.” If a source appears in the red feed, a majority of the articles shared from the source were classified as “very conservatively aligned” in a large 2015 Facebook study. For the blue feed, a majority of each source’s articles aligned “very liberal.” These aren’t intended to resemble actual individual news feeds. Instead, they are rare side-by-side looks at real conversations from different perspectives.”
- Why you should Triple Check before you Share? – Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, explains why you should triple check sources. Particularly useful is explanation of 3 different types of misleading news sources.
- News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2016 – According to this May 2016 report from the Pew Research Center, “A majority of U.S. adults – 62% – get news on social media, and 18% do so often, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In 2012, based on a slightly different question, 49% of U.S. adults reported seeing news on social media.”
- Trump Exposes A Fatal Flaw In User-Friendly Design – A world of instantaneous, dead-simple interactions is also a world devoid of the ability to challenge what lies behind them.
- Five Reality TV Show Strategies Donald Trump has Used Throughout His Campaign – Donald Trump is a political candidate unlike any other. But while his tactics are novel within the world of politics, June Deery, media studies professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes they should be very familiar to those who watch reality TV.
- The Forces that Drove this Election’s Media Failure are Likely to get Worse – Segregated social universes, an industry moving from red states to the coasts, and mass media’s revenue decline: The disconnect between two realities shows no sign of abating.