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Media Literacy

  1. 1. Running head: MEDIA LITERACY 1 Media Literacy Ashton A. Booher University of South Carolina
  2. 2. MEDIA LITERACY 2 Abstract
  3. 3. MEDIA LITERACY 3 Media Literacy Media literacy is defined in many ways. It can be defined as knowing how to usemedia, knowing the different types of media, or even using media regularly. To definethis term more clearly, I researched the definition. The widely used definition of medialiteracy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media in a variety of forms("What is media," 2011). This definition incorporates all of the other definitions intoone. All parts of this definition must be achieved before something can be consideredmedia literacy. Each part of media literacy is different and important; this paper willexplain both the definition and importance of all the parts.Access Accessing media is the easiest part of achieving media literacy. Once a persongets passed how to use technology and how to get onto the Internet, it is all about figuringout how to define their search to find what they are looking for. That takes practicemainly, but there are a few tips that help narrow the search quickly. Some tips includeusing the main topic, including only specific items, and entering in the informationproperly. Having the access to media/technology is important to the definition of medialiteracy because it is the beginning step of the process. If a person did not know how toaccess the information, then there is no need for the analyze, evaluate, or create steps.For example, a person must have access to a website before they can analyze thewebsite’s content.Analyze Analyzing media is not as easy as accessing media is. Analyzing media usuallyrequires multiple steps to see if the information is useful or relevant. For example, a
  4. 4. MEDIA LITERACY 4person might be looking for a definition of media literacy, but only finds a website thattalks about the importance of media literacy. The person needs to be able to analyze thewebsite to see if the can find the information they are looking for. It is important to havethe analyze part of media literacy because a person could access all sorts of information,but if it is not about their specific topic than it is useless. This is where the evaluate partcomes in.Evaluate Once a person has accessed media and analyzed the information to make sure it isrelevant, they must then evaluate the website to see how reliable it is. A few rules for thisis to look at the ending of the website. For example, a website that ends in .com isprobably not as reliable as one that ends in .gov or .org. Since anyone can make awebsite, it is important for people to be able to evaluate the website. By evaluating awebsite, the person makes sure that the information is true and valid ("What is media,"2011).Create Once a person accesses, analyzes, and evaluates media there is only one step leftto achieving media literacy. That is being able to create or use all types of media. Likewe have learned in this class, a teacher can use media in a variety of ways. Before thisclass I was not sure how I would incorporate technology, but now I am sure that I canincorporate technology in a useful and effective way. Creating or using technology is thefinal part of media literacy. It is how a person can express their knowledge of media anduse it to their benefit.
  5. 5. MEDIA LITERACY 5 Media literacy is important overall because it is becoming a widespread need forpeople to function in society (Gabler, 2011). As a teacher, I know that the students willneed to be able to use media effectively. It has become a part of our culture, and isnecessary for people to communicate, learn, and succeed in our generation. I hope thatmy future classes will learn a lot about using media and the usefulness of media literacy.
  6. 6. MEDIA LITERACY 6 ReferencesGabler, N. (2011, May 15). Media literacy. Retrieved from http://www.medialiteracy. comWhat is media literacy?. (2011). Retrieved from room/what-media-literacy-definitionand-more