Media such as newspapers and television can mislead and color reality. Colored or manipulated messages can also be found on the internet, such as on social media or news websites.
Being media literate means, among other things: understanding how media portray reality, in order to be able to form a conscious judgment on that basis. What should you pay attention to and what influence do you have yourself?
How Can Media Reports Affect?
Media messages can become guiding – or even guiding. Public opinion is then determined by the way in which news is presented, both in terms of content and form. It is important to delve into the variety of views and the way you interpret messages. Requires literacy more important.
Media messages influence the information that is given, but also how it is given: what is the tone of the message? Where and at what time was the message created and posted? A media message also has a greater impact when it is often shared. If a message is copied en masse by other media, there is a media hype. The factors that play a role in the way in which media makers interpret and present current affairs are also referred to as media logic.
The media portrays fact from a certain point of view. Someone of a particular interest or point of view creates media reports. As a result, it appears nearly impossible to formulate messages completely objectively. Sometimes, the point of view is obvious, just as in a commercial where you can see the manufacturer wants to sell something. However, this is not always the problem . Anyone might post anything on the internet, although it is not always clear from which point of view it was posted.
What should you be careful for
When you see or hear a letter in the media, always ask yourself the following questions:
- Who provides this information?
- What is the specific message?
- Who is this message for?
- Is the information correct? Always use many sources including a certain website, a book, or social media.
- Is there a filter bubble ?
Also teach children to develop a critical attitude, for example in the field of fake news and looking critically at images. A few tips:
- Media logic in the classroom of Human, SchoolTV and Sound and Vision
- View relevant teaching material in the Teaching material file
- Well-known YouTubers also have an increasing influence on children. Discover the YouTube file
- Learn to look critically at images from an early age
- The files fake news and Deep Fake offer tips to recognize hoaxes
- Learn to find the right information, with the tips in the Information Literacy file
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