Digital versus Analog Media…What Gives?

The discussion of digital media versus analog media emphasized the evolving views of a news source’s credibility, accountability, bias, identification, and transparency.  The chapter further delved into the general strategy of breaking into the digital world based on the common user’s tendencies and engagement with websites.  The takeaway is the Internet has become a pervasive medium in everyday life and must be used in a strategic manner to receive the best results.  What the chapter, and the majority of education systems, do not place an emphasis on regardless of the the rising added content and interaction with the Internet is the need for media literacy.  Stating the Internet has changed the face of journalism and the way in which we read and take in information is a big statement to make without a general plan on how to manage the negative impacts that will inevitably ripple through the general population.

The brief mention of Aristotle’s list of appeals stated the need to question one’s ethos has become one of the dominant challenges on the Web, since anyone can throw up a website with words.  However, learning the techniques to accurately question one’s credibility online is a  technique that can be taught through media literacy.  Educating a population in the classical subjects is great, however, the times have changed and the curriculum needs to reflect that.  My fear for my generation and those younger than me is we can interact with the Web, code in CSS and HTML, film and cut videos, yet not know when and how we are influenced by the very media we surround ourselves with.  The bottom line is we have to start taking action when it comes to progressing our curriculum with the current technological innovations and implementing systems to teach students to evaluate the media. But how, exactly? What process will make it effective for the students instead of wasting 50 minutes out of the day? Regardless, we should learn how to evaluate the media we voluntarily (and involuntarily) come into contact with for the sake of understanding a given message.  

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One thought on “Digital versus Analog Media…What Gives?

  1. Excellent points. To start with the more its talked about, the more interest will grow in the topic. Media literacy requires critical thinking, something else most Americans aren’t exposed to in their first 12 years of school. Those years are there to prepare you to enter the work force and have some basis of knowledge. They are not there for one to question the status quo. Keep up the examination and talk about it with others.

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