Why Media Literacy Matters – Democratic values

With it being election season, it is important to remember why we vote in the first place.

We live in a society founded upon democratic principles.

Remember what Abraham Lincoln said in his Gettysburg Address, “Government of the people, by the people, for the people…”

This means that our elected officials need to listen to what We (the citizens of the United States of America) want.

Forget about politics.

What matters is the people and our communities — our families, friends and neighbors.

Think about what it means to be a human being; one who has the right to make their own choices.

Free will.

People need to learn how to make their own choices. They need to learn how to think for themselves.

This is where media literacy comes in. Media literacy is about empowerment, critical thinking, participation.

Media literacy prepares us to fully participate as citizens in a world dominated by media messages.

With the Internet, people have access to vast amounts of information. But having information and being informed are two completely different things.

People need to learn how to decode and analyze media messages, especially during the political season when we are bombarded by propaganda messages.

So remember, THINK!

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