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Media literacy is essential for Gen Z – The Daily Aztec

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In the wake of the former Facebook employee and federal whistleblower Frances Haugen Revelations about social media algorithms on CBS ‘ “60 minutes” and more transcript The importance of media literacy on the Internet was underlined to the consumer protection subcommittee of the Senate for Economic Affairs.

From Haguen. submitted company documents indicate how Facebook knowingly exposes its users to misinformation but fails to use the tools at its disposal to stop it.

In an increasingly polarized and chaotic media environment, students must be adequately prepared to distinguish fact from fiction when consuming news, especially on the internet.

Despite the mainstream narrative that journalism is in decline, digital print runs have risen sharply in recent years, according to a report by the Pew Research Center. Although the circulation of paper copies of newspapers is known to be declining, these changes merely reflect a transition from the traditional newspaper format to a more dynamic, digital format.

Gathering news from a variety of internet sources is nothing new to college students my age, as apps like Instagram and Twitter have been beacons of online information since the early 2010s.

According to a Pew Research Survey, 86% of Americans say they get news from the Internet frequently.

Connor Quinn, a junior in aerospace engineering, said he collects all of his messages simply for the convenience and convenience of Snapchat.

Never before has such a wealth of information been so readily available.

The challenge for both the media and consumers is to distinguish between objective truths and misleading misinformation that has become an epidemic online. For current scholars and future leaders, it is imperative that students today be competent to seek and obtain the truth in order to better understand the world.

In one (n interview with Scott Pelley at CBS, Haguen said, “[Facebook] knows it accelerates hatred, political unrest, misinformation, mental harm and other problems, but has failed to fix them if that means it is hindering its own growth. ”

Facebook and other social media agencies are not committed to the truth, as divisive dialogue between users has been found to drive engagement.

The online segregation sown by bad actors is not a new concept. It was good documented How online trolls influenced certain election blocks with misinformation on Facebook in the run-up to the 2016 elections.

Misinformation, internet trolls, and flawed algorithms won’t go away overnight – as we know, social media companies benefit from malicious and controversial content – which means students need to be prepared to filter through the slog of online information to find transparent and objective journalism.

According to Harvard Graduate School of EducationCollege students have a broader definition of news, which means they consider YouTube videos, comedy sketches, political memes, and Reddit threads to be accurate sources of information. Since more information is available to students than to other parts of the population, it is even more important that students can see what is true online.

There are numerous strategies students should use when scoring their social media feeds for news and information.

According to Grace Tatter, creator of digital content, “As students consume information, they need to think about how to compare it to other sources, wonder what context is missing, and evaluate the source.”

In today’s media environment, everything should be viewed with skepticism.

Essentially, critical analysis of the news requires constant scrutiny.

The University of Minnesota Library Obtained opinions from media literacy professionals and outlined ask the following questions when consuming media: Who created the message? What are the author’s references? Why was the message created? How do I know this information is correct? Who is the target group?

Media content is omnipresent, so students must constantly be prepared to critically question what they have read or viewed on the Internet. This includes checking headlines, researching the background and references of the media company or reporter, and reading multiple articles on the same topic.

Media literacy enables students to search the Internet’s cloud of data, find reliable sources, and identify bias and unreliable sources.

As mentioned in the book “Understanding Media Culture”, Mass communication messages are developed by individuals, and each person has their own values, beliefs, and opinions. Accepting media messages at face value can lead to confusion due to all of the conflicting information.

We have the tools to find trustworthy and credible information and in our digitized world it is imperative that we use it.

It is our responsibility to seek the truth, now more than ever.

Willem Quigley is a junior studying journalism. Follow him on Twitter @ willquigz11.

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