Introduction: Information Literacy Blog

Greetings! Welcome to Drew’s Information Literacy Blog. Typically the average American is exposed to various mediums that of a; contemporary and non-stop flow of information. These mediums take the form of several platforms: TV, social media, websites/apps, radio, and printed newspapers. The level of exposure an individual has to each of these platforms varies based on preference information platform. Not only does the exposure to these mediums vary, similarly, the legitimacy of information distributed by these mediums is inconsistent. The combination of these components, the varying quality of information paired with the varying methods of acquiring such information, require consumers of information to be equip with intellectual filters. Unfortunately, not all Americans possess such intellectual filters and results in the high demand for information literacy today. In my blog I will talk about the core concepts of information literacy, the 24-hour news cycle, getting news from social media, information literacy education, and skepticism in media consumption. My first blog post will discuss Social media as a news outlet and the implications of its inaccuracy.

Most young adults prefer finding news online, in general, most people understand that social media is not always a trustworthy source for news, social media users still absorb information while browsing social media. This could be attributed to the trust we put in our family and friends. I will also explore how people are unconsciously absorbing news from their friends and family on social media.

My second blog post will talk about the 24-hour news cycle, journalism used to have more merit than it does today. With all of the mediums for communication news is becoming more and more convenient. With this increase in convenience news outlets are desperate to always have content for viewers browse. The increase in news output has been followed by a decrease in news quality.

My third blog post will talk about the importance of information literacy education. There is a lot of information being exchanged and this I will talk about the importance of filtering positive or negative information we come across.

My last blog post will be about skepticism in media consumption and why information consumers should be skeptical. In the media there are publishers who seek to push their own paid opinions and political agendas. In other instances one has to be wary of trolling, the pressure to jump to conclusions, lunatics posting gibberish, and the constraint of objectivity. All of these are reasons to analyze what you’re processing.

My intent in these posts is to draw attention to the importance of information literacy in the modern age of information. Information consumers need to be educated in information literacy. We live in a time with inconceivable amounts of information being exchanged. I have collected this research in hopes that people will see how the results of these statistics and studies apply to their lives.

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