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Digital Media Literacy

Purpose and Contents

Misleading and false information is not a new concept, but its reach into our daily lives has created a constant barrage of information that we must navigate carefully in order to distinguish evidence from opinion. This guide explores the information landscape and provides practical tools for evaluating the credibility of information. Analyzing what we see and hear is vital to a functioning, healthy citizenry.

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Laws, Policy, and Regulations:

...and remember, focus on the big picture

Web tools have made creating misinformation, disinformation, and accurate information efficient and far-reaching.  Additionally, our current political climate evokes emotional responses to news that complicate our efforts to recognize and acknowledge our own biases.  As you decide whether information is or is not accurate, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Read extensively.  Doing so ensures you encounter various points of view, and that you gain a long-term perspective on a particular issue.
  • Get comfortable with views and opinions other than your own.  Being challenged in your thinking, even to the point of discomfort, enables you to understand what other people think, and why they think it.  A reasoned, evidence-based argument is always optimal, but you have to know the ins-and-outs of what you disagree with in the first place before you can make such an argument.
  • Be careful with what you create and/or share.  It's simple: If you create information, make sure it is credible and verifiable.  If you share information you or someone else has created, make sure what you're sharing is credible and verifiable.  Refer to the Evaluating Sources section of this guide to know how other people might evaluate what you create and/or share.          
Last updated on Nov 4, 2022 1:06 PM