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Video transcript Start of transcript. Skip to the end. Information literacy is an essential skill that has important ramifications in academia and real life. It is important not only for your individual success, but as a contribution to the success of our society as a whole. We live in a world of exponential growth, and access to large amounts of information is changing how we live, work, and make decisions every day. As we live in the information age, and work in the knowledge economy, knowing what to look for and how to access the right information at the right time is critical. So much about how we use information has changed in the last few decades. In the next few minutes, we’ll take a closer look at the new information landscape and how it affects you during your time in college, your career, and other aspects of your personal life. Years ago, when you wanted to talk to your friends, you had to meet in person or call each other on your parent’s landline. Today, almost everyone has their own personal cell phone, and people consistently remain connected to each other through texts, social media, and other apps. In the future, people may talk less in person or by voice, as short video- and text-based communication become the default methods of communication. Years ago, our worlds were much smaller. The majority of our experiences were based on the people and areas we grew up with. Today, our personal circles have expanded across the globe; we can easily communicate with people from many different countries and backgrounds.
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In the future, geographic distinctions will matter less as we continue to live, work, and play online. Years ago, news and information came from a small number of trusted sources. Today, the news is personalized and self-edited—you can limit to seeing only those media sources that you agree with. Ironically, even though we can connect with anyone in the world, many people segregate themselves within their own small social group. In the future, news will continue to become more personalized, and come from a wide variety of sources. Years ago, it was relatively simple to tell factual news sources from parody and humor sources. Today, news, parody, and opinion are blurred. Comedy or opinion shows are often televised in a similar format to news programs. Many websites appear to be credible news sources, and many of them incorporate just enough factual information that it’s easy to confuse truth with parody, hyperbole, or opinion. In the future, more sources of fake news will exist online. Due to the popularity of these sources, some journalists and news broadcasters have begun to incorporate humor into their publications and broadcasts. Evaluating sources and locating original source material will be vital skills in determining fact from fiction in these cases.
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