- I am researching media literacy, because I want to know how people become media literate and how it is measured,so that people will understand how to respect the internet and digital humanities instead of being afraid of all the bad things that can be associated with it.
Since something we talk about a lot in this class is whether or not there are two sides to Digital Humanities, I would like to produce a product that falls somewhere in the middle. A combination of powtoon explanation videos and explanatory paragraphs that will walk readers through what it takes to exist effectively in this digital space. If more people understood the importance of media literacy and how to go about becoming media literate, there might be more people who are open and accepting of digital humanities as a concept. Videos can sometimes explain things that words alone cannot and I think this is something that can also be said about the formatting decisions made in the Digital Humanities world.
This project will likely start with an explanation of what media literacy is and the importance of it (including a few examples of the consequences of poor media literacy skills ). A source I will be looking into is a journal article by Maxwell E McCombs and Donald L. Shaw called “The Agenda-Setting Function of Mass Media.” Agenda setting is a tool most media sources use to guide their following, but most people are not informed enough to recognize its influence.
I will also look at other articles about what media literacy looks like at different ages. One such article is written by Renee Hobbs and Richard Frost. This article is called “Measuring the acquisition of media‐literacy skills” and is written in both English and Spanish (which I thought was cool because even though Google sometimes offers to translate, literal translations are not always up to par). Both of these articles and the others like them are available to read online through Davidson College access.
The good thing about this topic is that a lot of other scholars have already started the work, which is good and helpful for other people within the borders of academia. It’s not so good because while we all pretty much agree that everyone should have some form of media literacy skills, there are different takes on how this is achieved. The fact that there are people without access to the internet in general not only further complicates the topic, but it also raises a bigger question about the lack of access to information more broadly.
Herreria, C. (2017, September 27). Mark Zuckerberg: ‘I Regret’ Rejecting Idea That Facebook Fake News Altered Election. Retrieved December 05, 2017, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mark-zuckerberg-regrets-fake-news-facebook_us_59cc2039e4b05063fe0eed9d
Hobbs, Renee, and Richard Frost. “Measuring the Acquisition of Media‐Literacy Skills.” The Reading Teacher, Wiley-Blackwell, 9 Nov. 2011, ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1598/RRQ.38.3.2.
McCombs, M., & Shaw, D. (1972). The Agenda-Setting Function of Mass Media. The Public Opinion Quarterly, 36(2), 176-187. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/2747787
Ritzenthaler, Daniel. “What Does It Mean to Be Simple?” 52 Weeks of UX, 23 Dec. 2011, 52weeksofux.com/post/21026021557/what-does-it-mean-to-be-simple.