access, analyze, evaluate, create and act using all forms of communication. In its simplest terms, media literacy builds upon the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens"
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.
As the flow of information transitions from one category of media sources to another, it raises many interesting questions:
According to 2018 study of information dissemination by researchers at MIT, false information spreads at an average of 6x the rate that true information does, and reached between 1x-100x more people! Additionally, the vast spread of false information didn't appear to be due to "bots," but rather the novelty (how unique) individuals felt the information was, as well as the emotional response it elicited.