Interesting data on social media and the American Public’s news sources from Pew Research. A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016 presidential election. See PewResearchCenter, Social Media Update 2016, www.pewinternet.org/2016/11/11/social-media-update-2016.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-2-44-59-pm

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Media Literacy-The Need Is NOW!

No matter the discipline or topic, ALL educators need to take some class time to discuss media literacy issues. Facebook and other social media forums are being scrutinized for “Fake News.”   A PewResearch survey reported that 62% of U.S adults get their news on social media and two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get their news on the site.  That’s over half the U.S. population looking to social media for local and national information.   Social Media users often taint their news posts with their personal opinions and embellishments. It becomes Fake News.  We saw the effects during our last Presidential Campaign.  Many folks, particularly our youth, aren’t able to analysis news stories or know how to recognize credible news sources.  They can’t discern what is real and what is fake.   Just because the news comes from a major network broadcast operation, doesn’t mean it’s credible.  Public Radio Internation CEO, Alisa Miller provides an excellent segue into a media literacy class activity with her Ted Talk on the power of the news to distort our worldview.  Media Literacy must be included in our core curriculums.

How the News Distorts Our Worldview
A must see TedTalk by Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)As the CEO of Public Radio International, Alisa Miller works to bring the most significant news stories to millions — empowering Americans with the knowledge to make choices in an interconnected world.