Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Unravelling the media trust crisis: How sensationalism and lack of education erode our faith in news

Stephen Downes

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What we have in this explanation of the media crisis is a perfect storm of failures in education and in news. According to this item, "43% of Americans have lost trust in all news sources." Why? Meyers points to profit-driven news media, the 24/7 news grind, and shrinking newsrooms. But also, he points to the lack of media literacy and critical thinking in education. He writes, "online learning and media literacy programs can wield a significant influence in addressing these challenges." But these would need to actually be publicly supported, and governments seem reluctant to do that. In this context, I cannot recommend enough Canada's Media Smarts, a cracking good media literacy program that used to be government funded but now relies on charitable status.

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