Essential Role: Learning Media and Information Literacy

“We need a lot more critical thinking and media criticism taught in schools at a very early age.”

John Stauber, author of “The Best War Ever

I have been exposed into a lot of information sources and sometimes, I tend to believe in something that is not true. For instance, every time a typhoon enrages in the city where I currently live, I always check a legitimate site where they announce the news whether the classes would be suspended or not. A lot of my friends have always been fooled about fake news and end up being absent at school because they thought that the classes have been suspended. I had so many experiences alike but there are too many. Even with the long exposure of false media information, I have always believed that we can identify what’s true and what is not if we are media and information literate.

While currently learning the subject, I personally believe there are so much things that people can get a hang of engaging Media and Information Literacy. I learnt how to identify legitimate information when given and to understand the data when handed. Being thoughtful every time an information is collected is one thing that I also extrapolated to avoid plagiarism. There are various things that a person can really get when learning MIL. The advantages of the subject itself is infinite.

Being media information literate carries a lot of advantages. First, we tend not to believe immediately on information that aren’t verified and we restrict ourselves not to be fooled by these kind of malicious information. Second, we get to learn and understand the given legitimate information critically and analytically. Lastly, we can have a more vibrant and educated community if we teach other people on how to be literate in media and information. I strongly believe that the discipline that we use while learning the subject can be carried on with the other aspects of our lives.

In the Philippines, the presence of fake news is not a surprising issue. It has been with the country for a long time and it has affected numerous lives of the Filipinos. May it be for political issues, economic or social issues. In this case, we get to realize that teaching Media and Information Literacy in every academic institution is something that we want to implement. It would even be so much better if the children of our generation will be enlightened as early as possible. Learning MIL doesn’t limit to any age as long as the person is exposed to various information and media, learning MIL is a must.

To be a media literate is a responsibility to be carried on. Being media and information literate doesn’t stop even after taking up the subject. It gives us the responsibility to teach other people on what we learnt throughout the time that we also took the subject. A true literate wants other people to be literate. When we teach other people to be literate in media and information, that’s when we realize that we truly enliven the sense of Media and Information Literacy.

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