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Pitts: Media literacy is critical, as crises multiply

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Leonard Pitts Jr. is a columnist for the Miami Herald. Reach him at lpitts@herald.com.
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“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than genuine ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

– Martin Luther King

Dr. King didn’t know half.

After all, these words come from 1963.

Back then, the notion of US citizens and lawmakers attacking their own democracy, disregarding precautionary measures in an unimaginable deadly pandemic, and ignoring an unimaginable threat to our planet would have been unthinkable.

Of course, the information came through some reliable channels back then: Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, the local paper.

There was no social media. The production and dissemination of information was not yet everyone’s business.

Things have changed.

The unthinkable, inconceivable and unimaginable are difficult for us.

We are facing not just one but three simultaneous existential emergencies, and while each is different, it is time we understood that, in the end, they are not different threats, but rather different manifestations of the same threat.

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