We live in an amazing time – anyone can create content. You can post videos on practically any platform just using your phone. You can even edit videos and pictures directly from your phone. If your content goes viral, you’ll become a star. In fact, many kids want to be a social media “infuencer” when they grow up.
The downside to this is that anyone can create content. Savvy people (or nations) can create content designed to influence you to make decisions that are different than what you may take normally. The question we’re facing now is as a society is how much of the content that we consume is info we can use to make a decision, and how much of it is part of a marketing campaign?
This is not a new problem, what is new is the way social media platforms work. We don’t get to choose from all of the information available on a site, we’re presented information based on algorithms. Those algorithms are designed to take info about us and package that into a target for anyone who has paid to market on the platform.
This is the definition of Digital literacy according to the American Library Association’s digital-literacy task force:
Digital literacy is the ability to use information and communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skillhttps://connect.ala.org/node/181197 (requires account, quoted in edweek, linked above)
Watch this space over the next several weeks. Our goal is to create learning materials to help people understand how the platforms that deliver digital content actually work, along with ways to evaluate digital content.
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