Whether you live in a democratic society or a one-party state, the ability to sift through information and evaluate media messages is a vital skill set in our era.
“Media literacy” means the skillful application of literacy skills to media and technology messages. It's long been an important part of thoughtful civic engagement, and the digital revolution has made it even more critical. The explosion of digital media and social networking platforms has transformed citizens into publishers and broadcasters. A truly media literate citizen in 2013 is someone who not only understands the meaning behind the messages he or she encounters, but who can also create quality content and distribute it in a variety of forms in order to become part of society’s larger dialogue.
This new reality “means that media literacy programs need to reach a vast audience,” according to a new report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA). The report, Media Literacy 2.0: A Sampling of Programs Around the World, examines some of the programs and campaigns working across the world to equip citizens to analyze and evaluate incoming information. (Disclosure: CIMA is a partner of IJNet.)
Via Andrea Naranjo