When thinking about literacy something that comes up to mind is the ability to read and write. Nowadays we get our information from the media technology. Nowadays in the 21st century the ability to read different types of media has become a very helpful skill. Media literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It is the ability to access, analyze, interpret, evaluate, investigate and make media. As a result of being able to understand social media it has enabled us as a society to learn a much easier and faster way. If one needs help with anything, we are seconds away from getting the answer from the internet. It enables students to easily get in contact with each other in relation to school projects and assignments. It builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills. Media literacy is about helping students become competent, critical and literate in all types of forms therefor they control the interpretation of what they see or hear rather than being controlled by the interpretation. Media literacy skills can help youth and adults with a lot of things. How? In addition to that they are as listed below;
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Understand how media messages shape our culture and society
- Identify target marketing strategies
- Recognize what the media maker wants us to believe or do
- Naming the techniques of persuasion used
- Recognize bias, spin, misinformation, and lies
- Discovering parts of the story that are not being told
- Evaluate media messages based on our own experiences, skills, beliefs, and values
- Create and distribute our own media messages
- Advocate for media justice
Now can you imagine what the world would be like without media literacy?
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Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.
Media literacy skills are included in the educational standards of every state for example are the following; language arts, social studies, health, science, and other subjects