An Introduction to my Information Literacy Blog

Welcome to my blog! In this blog I will talk about how information literacy affects different aspects of people’s lives and the importance of becoming information literate. Before I jump into a discussion about information literacy, it is crucial to know what an information literate person looks like. According to the Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, information literate people have the ability to know when they need information, can identify credible information sources, and can utilize information that they find effectively to accomplish their goals.

In my second blog post I will start off my conversation about information literacy by talking about echo chambers. An echo chamber is a space where something is repeatedly bounced around with little to no change. I will show how echo chambers relate to information literacy and why they are dangerous in our digital world. I will also introduce and discuss Eli Pariser concept of “the filter bubble” and ways to pop that bubble.

My third blog post introduces data visualization and how to properly interpret information that is being represented. I will also talk about the importance of being an active consumer when looking at information to avoid being deceived by deceptively represented information. To accomplish this, I discuss the findings of two reputable sources that each communicate specific ways that people are most commonly tricked when looking at visualized information.

My fourth post for this blog will talk about the pros and cons of free, and anonymous, speech on the internet. I attempt to make aware the insecurities of consuming anonymously posted information while simultaneously emphasizing the value of online anonymity. In this post, I also present a unique perspective of the value of information literacy by bringing to light a research paper which states that it is necessary to be information literate to be able to practice free speech.

My fifth and final blog post depicts the dystopian society that an information illiterate society could be led to and examens the necessity of an information literate population through the lense of a fictional, dystopian society as analysed by Latham, Don, and Jonathan M. Hollister.

I decided to write a blog about information literacy because I believe that in today’s society there is a global lack of it. My overarching goal throughout this blog will be to raise awareness of why it is necessary to be information literate and how to become more information literate.

Work Cited

The American Library Association’s Presidential Committee on Information Literacy (1989). Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report.