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Library Home Page: Media Literacy

What is Media Literacy?

"Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy" (Center for Media Literacy).

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

4 Lens Approach

Lens: Triggers

Check your emotions and evaluate! Rely on logic to critique information

Be aware of any bias that may be triggered, including:

Confirmation Bias:

Bias by Omission:

Lens: Forensics

Be a digital detective: dissect for clues and think like a fact checker

 

Consider the images and videos you encounter - have they been altered?

Example of an altered image that was widely circulated:

 

Lens: Access

Dig deeper for credibility information: author, source, date

 

Fact Checking Websites:

 

Lens: Motives

Consider the reason why information is being presented

 

What is Click-Bait?

 

Additional Resources

Still want to learn more? Here are some additional resources: