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Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points
Long essay on how pushing for "media literacy" can actually be at odds with recent tribalism in the US. One major underlying assumption behind pushing for media literacy is that people respect the same sources, e.g. NYT, published research, etc., but that's obviously not true in 2018.

"Why trust experts when you have at your fingertips a crowd of knowledgeable people who may have had the same experience as you and can help you out? Consider this dynamic in light of discussions around autism and vaccinations. First, an expert-produced journal article was published linking autism to vaccinations. This resonated with many parents’ experience. Then, other experts debunked the first report, challenged the motivations of the researcher, and engaged in a mainstream media campaign to “prove” that there was no link. What unfolded felt like a war on experience, and a network of parents coordinated to counter this new batch of experts who were widely seen as ignorant, moneyed, and condescending."
media  nuance  media-literacy 
16 days ago by gunsch
You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? – Data & Society: Points
"She was trying to make sense of what distinguished class in America. In her mind, it wasn’t race. Or education. It came down to what construction of language was respected and valued by whom. People became elite by mastering the language marked as elite."

"Doubling down on investing in individuals as a solution to a systemic abuse of power is very American."
media  media-literacy  nuance 
16 days ago by gunsch
Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them / Boing Boing
"We're not living through a crisis about what is true, we're living through a crisis about how we know whether something is true. We're not disagreeing about facts, we're disagreeing about epistemology. The "establishment" version of epistemology is, "We use evidence to arrive at the truth, vetted by independent verification (but trust us when we tell you that it's all been independently verified by people who were properly skeptical and not the bosom buddies of the people they were supposed to be fact-checking)."

The "alternative facts" epistemological method goes like this: "The 'independent' experts who were supposed to be verifying the 'evidence-based' truth were actually in bed with the people they were supposed to be fact-checking. In the end, it's all a matter of faith, then: you either have faith that 'their' experts are being truthful, or you have faith that we are. Ask your gut, what version feels more truthful?" "
media  media-literacy 
16 days ago by gunsch
Journalists should stop repeating Trump’s lies - Vox
[T]he striking thing about the media is the extent of the failures when the problems aren’t hard or even that controversial.

And here’s where I think the first step toward a solution is, politically: Progressively minded people to start developing a more ideologically robust theory of the media.

I’m not a socialist, but something I think socialists get right (with Noam Chomsky as the giant here) is to insist that we contextualize media conduct with regard to the concrete material interests in play.
media  media-literacy  journalism 
10 weeks ago by jbrennan
Elon Musk Is No Donald Trump
There are many proposed solutions to the news literacy problem out there. NewsGuard offers seals of approval. The News Literacy Project designs curricula. I will talk at any length about transparency, and about treating your audience with trust and respect. If you’ve got a few dollars to spare, you can do what Jeff Bezos did: He bought a great news organization and by all accounts learned enough about the business fast to make a real impact. It's not as complicated as Alexa!

But I also like Nate Silver’s more modest suggestion. Silver wrote that Musk’s idea was the “spectacularly bad take you write when you have no fucking idea what you're talking about but want to sound like you do” and suggested that he “go spend time in an actual newsroom or get to know some journalists.”
elon-musk  donald-trump  ben-smith  buzzfeed  journalism  media-literacy  nate-silver 
may 2018 by yolandaenoch
We Should Put Fact-Checking Tools In the Core Browser | Hapgood
Early in the history of the browser various features were introduced that helped with navigation: bookmarks, bookmark organization, browsable history, omnibar search, URL autocomplete (which ended  up eroding bookmark use). Icons showing when a connection was secure. Malicious site blocking. But as the web developed, the main focus of the browser wars ended up being less the browser as a navigation device and more the browser as an application platform. The interaction designs and renderings browsers support still advance year over year but the browser as a piece of user-focused software stalled decades ago. Mobile use, with it’s thin, crippled UI, just compounded that trend. Extensions were proposed as a solution for extensibility, but the nature of them just served to further impoverish core development.
mike-caulfield  browser  web-browsers  fake-news  media-literacy 
april 2018 by jbrennan
You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? – Data & Society: Points
Realizing that history is written by the winners shook me to my core. This is the power of education.
danah-boyd  media  media-literacy  education  medium 
march 2018 by yolandaenoch

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