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OUR VIEW: In a time of controversy, media literacy is crucial | editorial staff

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The media landscape has changed a lot in the 21st century.

We can access information in ways that we could only imagine 20 years ago.

That was challenging enough for those who were struggling to get used to the World Wide Web when it was disrupting their lives. Imagine the challenge of navigating the minefield of today’s internet.

It has long been clear that political appointments in public service in Illinois have proven problematic.

That’s part of the idea behind a bill that has been tabled by a Senate committee. Illinois high schools would have to offer classes in understanding and evaluating news and social media as part of their computer courses.

Critical thinking is a skill that needs constant refinement. Just because someone can produce an attractive and compelling graphic, or a well-written sentence or paragraph, doesn’t mean their information is correct.

We have all been fooled by the internet at some point. And since technology is racing faster than our ability to comprehend or use it, we must use all of our minds, along with the minds of others, to understand the truths in our world.

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“Deepfakes” are a recent numbing development. Deepfakes use a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning to create images of fake events. British newspaper The Guardian calls it “the 21st century answer to photoshopping”. (Though there has been photo manipulation since the 19th century.)

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If we have difficulty recognizing and explaining the manipulation of facts, how do you learn to distinguish real and fake moving images?

Critical thinking is one of the most important tools we use in everyday life. Developing skills from the earliest possible age is vital to our society.

Republican Senator Terri Bryant asked how objective schools could be when it came to teaching students to rate news by separating factual news from fake news. If that’s a problem, we need to worry more than teaching critical thinking. Teachers are trained to teach students how to use media.

We live in a controversial time in which we can sometimes argue about what “the truth” actually is. One’s propaganda is the other’s absolute and vice versa.

It shouldn’t need a law to teach this as a reasonable approach to the world. But we’ve got to a point where the move is required.

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Palm House, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill.

Palm House, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill.

Palm House, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill.


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Dairy cattle, pigs, and dairy stalls at Illinois State Normal University Farm, Normal, Ill.

Dairy cattle, pigs, and dairy stalls at Illinois State Normal University Farm, Normal, Ill.


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Fell Gate and Illinois State Normal University building, Normal, Ill.

Fell Gate and Illinois State Normal University building, Normal, Ill.

Fell Gate and Illinois State Normal University building, Normal, Ill.


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Illinois Towns pride themselves on boulevards and fine local improvements - Broadway looking north, Normal, Ill.

Illinois Towns pride themselves on boulevards and fine local improvements – Broadway looking north, Normal, Ill.


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Manual Training Shop, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill.

Manual Training Shop, Illinois State Normal University, Normal, Ill.


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Soldier Orphanage, Normal, Ill.

Soldier Orphanage, Normal, Ill.


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Normal school in Normal, Ill.

Normal school in Normal, Ill.


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C. & A. [Chicago and Alton Railroad] Stores in Bloomington, Illinois.

C. & A. [Chicago and Alton Railroad] Stores in Bloomington, Illinois.

C. & A. [Chicago and Alton Railroad] Stores in Bloomington, Illinois.


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General view of Chicago & Alton Ry.  Stores in Bloomington, Illinois.

General view of Chicago & Alton Ry. Shops in Bloomington, Illinois 1917


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Illinois Retail Hardware Assn., Bloomington, Illinois, February 10th, ’10

Illinois Retail Hardware Assn., Bloomington, Illinois, February 10th, '10

Illinois Retail Hardware Assn., Bloomington, Illinois, February 10th, ’10


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