One week from today, the 2016 presidential election will be over. Nominally, at least. Among the many election season trends likely to continue – aside from hot mike scandals, email leaks and Anthony Weiner disgust – is the need for media literacy.
Fake news stories and pants-on-fire statements are year-round phenomena, together with subliminal messaging, algorithmic bias and lies of omission. They can happen not just in news media, but also in commercials, entertainment and crowdsourced social media. That’s why this year’s Media Literacy Week, and the Media Literacy Week pledge, are so important.
The LAMP is proud to be a partner in Media Literacy Week hosted by NAMLE. We believe media literacy is a vital skill for all people, of all ages, every day of the year. Whether you’re picking our next president or picking a movie for Saturday night, media literacy will help you deconstruct mixed messages and make choices that are right for you.
We encourage you to act now and take the Media Literacy Week pledge to be an active, critical media consumer and producer. When you take the pledge, you’re not just committing to be a better digital citizen. You’re adding your voice to tell the world that media literacy matters, which in turn helps organizations like The LAMP advocate for 21st-century learning.
It takes less than ten seconds to pledge. Once you’re done, be sure to share the news!