Do you trust everything you read? Hopefully not — 84% of Millennials acknowledge that news and information is presented with some bias. It’s only when you train yourself to be “media literate” that you can look past the surface of information. And once you decide what’s truthful, you can create and share your own messages.
Media literacy is an approach to deciphering data, including the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information in all forms, from ads to blogs to online news. It allows you to critically question methods of communication and better understand the role of media in society. You have to ask yourself questions — starting with “Who created this message?” — before you can trust what you see. How important are media literacy skills? More than half of Millennials are not always confident in the truth of the news and information they share online.
Being media literate is beneficial to everyone, from the student studying history to the voter choosing a candidate. And when you know how to analyze information, you can create and share responsible and truthful content.
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I pledge to stand with the Center for Media Literacy and look past what’s on the surface when consuming and creating media.
These are five questions I will ask myself when analyzing media.
These are five questions I will ask myself when creating media.
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