A case for taking media literacy tests before allowing people to use social media / digital information worlds
If you think about it, you would never let someone drive who hasn’t taken the time to figure out how to get some kind of driver’s license because that’s the kind of thing that could possibly end up forcing them to be a test, which more or less ensures that the likelihood of them causing an accident is pretty low, no matter what else happens.
Just as people who have not taken a driving test are not allowed to drive, similar tests should be conducted for people who are thinking of using social media in any way, shape, or form. Many would criticize this as a fairly extreme measure, but most of these complaints will come from various social media companies that will gain quite a bit from users who do not have adequate media literacy. They want the maximum number of users on their platforms, and weeding out those who do not have adequate media literacy will reduce the number of users they might have on their platform.
With all of that said and now out of the way, it’s important to note that people using social media without adequate media literacy can be just as dangerous as it can be if a person driving without a license can also be extremely dangerous when we’re not careful. If you have any doubts that a lack of media literacy on social media can be dangerous, just check out the Capitol Riot that took place in America a few days ago.
The turmoil was caused by people not really knowing how to distinguish between things like disinformation and anything else they might have been investigating. A test that can demonstrate media literacy will be a very good way to reduce the likelihood of someone falling for disinformation, something that could make things like pandemic management easier and prevent them from being so disastrous.
This will also give people a chance to learn more about media literacy if they want to use social media. This is definitely a pretty radical idea, but when you look at how much disinformation is spreading these days, it’s clear that only a radical solution can get us to a point where we can really feel safe in the world.
H / T: FC.
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