Important roles of Media and Media Literacy for the readers
The role of the media is to objectively report the news and inform its viewers without bias. And also the media can promote positive culture to the masses, the whole world. (from: http://media1.rs/society-role-media-positive/) “The portal used to aggregate more than 2500 news articles daily.” in only United Kingdom. than… how about the whole world? Let’s think about it.. So huge… this adjective is not enough to explain the earth.. whole world where we are living in.
In our world, media is very important. Because the media is so influential in our lives today. And not just news, but SNS or Youtube.. especially Video creators now.. there are so many influencers not even to their own countries but also other countries.. So Nowadays, we can feel “Global village”. When I volunteered at the international conference in 2006, one of the conference’s programs was the event section which was called Global village in a big convention hall. There were six parts(continents), which were Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania. So many activists and movements from Each continents showed what they were doing in their countries. In the convention hall, I could feel it truly was Global village!! But.. now, I don’t need to visit the event hall.. When I click the web, I could feel it, too. As a global villager and a media producer(writer), I want to say that the media is so important and I also have the ethic and standards of my media.. If you are a media producer, such as a Youtuber, blogger, SNS influencer, and etc., please do not forget that you can influence others for our better future and promote positive culture, such as peace culture.
If you are a reader, or subscriber, and etc., please read below.. and let’s talk about this.. “Media literacy.”
Before going to the subject, media literacy, have you ever heard about curation?
Content curation is the process of gathering information relevant to a particular topic or area. There are tons of news sites and website with infos in our world.. And they are all speaking out that “YOU Need to KNOW!” and “YOU Should Do This!”… So most people use RSS app or specific news site to know about what they are interested in. And some news sites have created the part with AI which is customized News Section. And the curation could be similar to framing.. but framing is in a bad ways to show the facts, which means that it could be a biased info.
How about you? Do you use your specific ways to find news related to your interest? Or do you just look through what the portal web-sites or the news sites show on the first page? And do you just believe it? “Oh! this news site shows that, so it’s true.” Or do you check whether it is true or not?
As a writer and also a reader, I think we need to have the media literacy. That’s why I first talked about the curation and framing.
Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy. -Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture. (from: expanded definition: http://www.medialit.org/media-literacy-definition-and-more)
So long definition… in a shorter way to say.. we need to eyes like RC.. It could be easy to believe what the news or media are saying without doubt. Hmm… democracy world can’t be achieved easily. Throughout histories… we knew that.
And I know that it is hard to find out whether it’s true or not because we don’t have full authorities to access the truth, right? What we can do is to look for infos on the web or books.. even we don’t have, we should try in order to make the media broadcast the truth not lies. Media produces contents, and we are watching with checking the fact!!
What I also respect is their own political attitudes, such as conservative, liberal, etc… All people can have the right to have their own political opinion.. But.. what I want you to do is not to close eyes even though the fact doesn’t fit your political opinions.. Opinion is cultivated from various infos and thoughts, isn’t it?
As global village citizens, we shouldn’t be stupid public unconditionally controlled by medias. Let’s make better world, peaceful world so that we live happily and inherit better world to our next generations. I am going to spread the news with peaceful contents to promote peace culture! If you find out the error of my articles, please let me know by commenting! let’s create win-win culture! By doing so, there wouldn’t be a false media any more which is spreading hatred, conflict, war cultures.