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Media Literacy Week
Every week is media literacy week! Sharpen your media literacy skills: try a game, work through an online lesson, look at some news sources or try out a fact checker.
The five key questions of media literacy
- Who created the message and what is the purpose?
- What techniques are used to attract and hold attention?
- What lifestyles, values, and points of view are depicted?
- How might different people interpret this message?
- What is left out?
All media is biased
If you are looking for the perfect source that will give you information with no point of view, just accurate facts, you will not find it. Every piece of media has a viewpoint, a purpose, and a bias.
- Teens spend on average nine hours a day online. Some adults spend almost all day online. You need to be be critically conscious of what you are consuming so that you remain a free person with a will and mind of your own.
- Does the piece of media make you angry, excited, happy, or sad? When you can identify exactly what the author is doing to influence you, you are becoming media literate and raising your "critical consciousness."
- Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. (Media Education Lab)