A self-aware attention to the current conditions of the internet must become a most important self-evident truth to move forward. A very serious project of digital media literacy is critical for our democracy, and is a crucial place where scholars and our students, regardless of our fields, can make pivotal contributions. As citizens, we need to understand how the internet works—technologically, financially, legally, socially. We scholars and educators need to teach and learn how to better read digital media, to understand who makes it, owns it, and circulates it. We need to ask how and why it is structured and visualized as it is, and what truths and mis-truths it states. We need to learn how and where to demand real and better news. We need to produce context for the rudderless fragments of information that circulate online, as well as the forums where we can share our findings, activities, and practices.
- “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources,” by Melissa Zimdars
- “A Comment on Learning: Media Literacy Practices in YouTube,” Eric M. Meyers, IJLM, 2014
- Kids on YouTube: Technical Identities and Digital Literacies, Patricia Lange, Routledge, 2016