Across many demographics, people are using social media on a daily basis. Social media has changed the way we consume information. Misinformation can be easily spread and negatively impact society. To explicitly address media literacy, our students are more empowered to filter commercialism, propaganda, censorship, media ownership, and stereotyping in the media.
What is media?
- Key Concept #1: All Media Messages Are “Constructed”
- Key Concept #2: Media Messages Shape Our Perceptions of Reality
- Key Concept #3: Different Audience, Different Understanding of the Same Message
- Key Concept #4: Media Messages Have Commercial Implications
- Key Concept #5: Media Messages Embed Points of View
At times, I’m overwhelmed by the amount of information I have access to on social media. It feels right to know the life of George Floyd and advocate for justice. His story and the tragic killing, at the hands of a police officer, should be made known. But this week has been tough. From George Floyd to Black Lives Matter, knowing some of my family members’ views on BLM are openly racists to witnessing, in real-time, peaceful and disruptive protests happening. All along the backdrop of a Global Pandemic. It’s a lot to deal with. I’ve been vocal about my anti-racist sentiment which has sparked some emotional debate. I’m emotionally drained, to be honest.
How can social media be used for social progress?
How do you help your students process the vast amounts of information on social media and identity misinformation?
How can teacher guides students through the 5 key concepts of social media mentioned above?