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Nieman Lab | 02.23.18

Can we keep media literacy from becoming a partisan concept like fact checking?

Robyn Caplan, Lauren Hanson, Joan Donovan

Coverage of the two new Media Manipulation reports, Dead Reckoning and The Promises, Challenges, and Futures of Media Literacy.

Data & Society released a pair of reports this week — one on fake news, the other on media literacy. Nothing shocking here, but the fake news report does a good job of describing how the two conflicting definitions of “fake news” symbolize a broader schism between scholars/researchers and the right-wing media…The media literacy report, meanwhile, notes that most media literacy programs center around individual responsibility “rather than the roles of the community, state, institutions, or developers of technology”; varying initiatives also address the problem in very different ways, “which could indicate the vibrancy of the field or risk incoherence.”

 

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