(Social) Media Literacy
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Being literate in a real-world sense means being able to read and write using the media forms of the day, whatever they may be. For centuries, consuming and producing words through reading and writing and, to a lesser extent, listening and speaking were sufficient. But because of inexpensive, easy-to-use, and widely available new tools, literacy now requires being conversant with new forms of media as well as text, including sound, graphics, and moving images.
(This is an HTML reprint of an essay (PDF) of the same title, recently published as part of the Media Re:public project at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. I’m posting it here with some links to source material that don’t appear in the PDF version.) Media are becoming democratized. Digital media tools, increasingly cheap and ubiquitous, have spawned a massive amount of creation at all levels, most notably from the ranks of the grassroots in contrast to traditional, one-to-many publications and broadcasts.
Most any journalism professor, upon mention of Wikipedia , will immediately launch into a rant about how the massively collaborative online encyclopedia can't be trusted. It can, you see, be edited and altered by absolutely anyone at any moment. But how much less trustworthy is the site for breaking news than the plethora of blogs and other online news sources?
More than half of college students frequently or always consult Wikipedia for course-related research, according to a report published in First Monday, an online, peer-reviewed journal. Only 22 percent of respondents to the survey said they rarely or never use Wikipedia. The study is based on responses from 2,318 students and qualitative data from 86 who participated in focus groups. The most common reason that students reported using Wikipedia was to obtain background information or a summary about a topic and to get started with research. Only 16 percent of survey respondents said they used Wikipedia because of its wiki capabilities. Students were far more likely to use Wikipedia at the very begining or near the begining of research than at the end of the process.
A notorious Facebook blunder has become a boon for online-privacy advocates. To settle a lawsuit alleging privacy violations, the social-networking giant is pledging to invest $6-million to start a grant-making foundation focused on promoting online privacy, according to a settlement made public this week. Chris Hoofnagle, director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology’s information-privacy programs, will be one of the new foundation’s three board members. Mr.
The Social Analyst is a weekly column by Mashable Co-Editor Ben Parr , where he digs into social media trends and how they are affecting companies in the space. All eyes are on Facebook. Ever since Facebook revealed Facebook Open Graph , the world's largest social network has been getting hammered by tech pundits, mainstream media and its users . Facebook's used to this type of uproar after it changes something, but in my time tracking Facebook, I've never seen anything like this. Not even the Facebook News Feed fiasco of 2006 had U.S. Senate scrutiny .
Nona Belomesoff (Personal Photo) NEW YORK (CBS) Rescuing injured animals is all 18-year-old Australian Nona Belomesoff wanted to do. Instead, her best intentions led to her murder, say police, allegedly by a 20-year-old man who used Facebook to lure her on a trip to save injured animals. Twenty-year-old Christopher James Dannevig is charged with murdering the young woman at a creek south of Sydney, reports BBC News . Belomesoff's body was found Friday night, May 14, two days after she went on the trip with the man. Detectives believe the young girl befriended the suspect on Facebook, because she was interested in working with animals.