I mentioned a short time ago, how the kaleidoscope of events in 2020 sent me into a bit of an emotional spin, prompting me to think more deeply about personal and public affairs.
One thing on my mind is media literacy. For the month of May, I'll be engaging people on social media about the topic of media literacy. I'll have Instagram Live interviews with experts and resources for adults and teens.
Literate used to mean the ability to read and write, and the majority of the public agreed on some common trustworthy sources of information.
That's been pretty much shot to pieces. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. We are more aware than ever how the information Americans have consumed since 1776 has left out the voices of black and brown people and diminished the experiences of marginalized groups.
So the up-side in the proliferation of information on the internet and social media, is that anyone can have a voice. And the downside is that anyone can have a voice.
It can be over-whelming to consider tracking down the source of every picture or video we see, every article and Facebook post. But that's the responsibility we hold. Hardly anyone is too old or too young to be media literate.
I've come across three books for young people that deal with different aspects of media literacy. My budget is small but I'm donating copies to a number of schools across the country. â
Here are links to learn more about the books.
Guardians of Liberty: Freedom of the Press and the Nature News
True or False: A CIA Analyst's Guide to Spotting Face News
âââââââI realize this is a small gesture on my part. I decided doing something small is better than doing nothing. And I want to support those who are holding the ramparts, teachers, librarians and media specialists.
You can follow me here on Instagram and here on Facebook to join the conversation. Got questions? Great, we'll have people to answer them. Got answers? Great, we want to hear them.
I'm fascinated to discover little-known history, stories of people and events that provide a new perspective on why and how things happened, new voices that haven't been heard, insight into how the past brought us here today, and how it might guide us to a better future.
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