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HUM 176 DQ Weeks 2 How would you define media literacy? What do you think it would take to be considered media literate ? Media literacy is having the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of different forms. Having the ability to think for oneself and learning how to ask the right questions about what you are watching, reading and listening is what it would take to become media literate. It is true that we have become a news saturated society. The advent of talk radio, the Internet, as well as a 24 hour news cycle on television has created a surplus of news outlets. With this amount of information available, do you feel it is irresponsible for Americans to be uniformed? What role do you feel we as individuals must play in the information gathering process? Denyelle, I agree that media literacy gives us control of what media we want to hear. Because we have the ability to create our own media, so therefore it only makes sense for us, the people to have at least a minimum amount of control. When you think of media literacy, do you feel there are certain types of media outlets that do a better job of spreading news and information and as a result create more media literate individuals? Can a person "individualize" their mass media experience to create an environment where they can improve their media literacy? I do believe that the twenty/four seven media news does do a better job of spreading the news because they have more time to concentrate on certain topics. As for the local news they have only a limited time to discuss all the media news that they have for that thirty minutes or an hour. If you only watch the local news you might miss something because you have to stay focused the whole time. CNN and Fox News also have little parts of the news that read along the bottom of the screen, so if you miss something you can usually catch a brief description down there. That's why I think they do a better job of providing the news to us. A very good point can be raised about individual perspective in regards to media literacy. The way in which people go about obtaining news and information can vary greatly depending on a variety of factors. What are some factors you think that might come into play when a person is deciding what means of media outlet(s) they are comfortable with using? To help you in your response, consider factors such as age, race, political background, etc. I think one of the factors of such media people use does depend on their age. The older generation still reads the newspaper to this day. They know that they are a reliable resource of information and they are so set in their ways they don't want to change. When I used to work at a certain restaurant their was a few regulars that came in for dinner o lunch and had to have the television set at a certain news channel. If it was not, the would ask me to change it because they refused to stay if they had to listen to it. They said it was biased and was only set on listening to one particular news media.

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