Being Media Literate

This world is the media. In addition, once you get past all the theatrics, you realize that, yes; media is an integral part of our reality. Media refers a way to communicate an idea or a message to someone; television, radio, movies, internet, media is significant. Our relationship to the world is through media. The beginning of social media websites like Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and even communal sites like YouTube and communal editing sites like Wikipedia, means that more people are creating media, choosing what messages will shape our society, as well as what trash you’ll have to wade through on the internet. Yet, very few people are “media literate.” Media literacy refers to being able to analyze, evaluate and create your own media. Many people have the ability to do these things, and more people are doing it. The problem is, although we are used to being surrounded by media everywhere we look and even being able to create it, we are not used to what we consider personal information being so publicly available. We should get to know all the technicalities of social media to survive safely.

It is very important to attain media literacy if you are a user of it. “When you are media literate, you have clear maps to help you navigate better in the media world so that you can get to those experiences you want without becoming distracted by things that are harmful to you. You are able to build the life that you want,” says Potter w James in his book ‘Media Literacy’.

Children learn to read because they live in a world of books, letters, and words. So we should learn the media because we live in the media.

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