Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Did Media Literacy Backfire?
She's talking about "media literacy" (and now I know more media literacy people I know it's not exactly the same as information literacy). However, I think on this topic, points she makes about media literacy education could also apply to some ways in which information literacy is taught. Indeed you still see librarians proposing labelling of sources as a counter to the "fake news" problem. I think that is in fact where a more holistic information literacy approach is more helpful, in that it should not be just focused on "media" sources but getting people to reflect on the full range of information that they use in their lives. "Other people" always emerge as key sources and informants in studies of everyday information behaviour and information literacy, and I think it's important to acknowledge this and bring them into the information literacy discussion. However, as boyd says, there are deeper cultural (and political, religious and social) issues at play. Engaging with these issues is challenging even for people who have more power over the whole curriculum than (normally) do librarians.
boyd, d. (2017, January 5). Did Media Literacy Backfire? https://points.datasociety.net/did-media-literacy-backfire-7418c084d88d
By the way, the site, Points, says it is "an experimental collection of pieces from the Data & Society community: occasional extracts and essays — provocations — to manifest, complicate, and re-frame the relations between data, technology, and society" and is worth bookmarking.
Photo by Sheila webber: bags of lego at the iSchool's awayday yesterday