11.9 Media Literacy

I discussed this in the previous chapter, but I’ll make the pitch again: We need, in America and the world, to ensure that children grow up with the kinds of media skills they mostly don’t have today.

Then we need to make those skills part of a general lifelong learning process.

The principles I outlined in Chapter 2 are a good place to start. But we should not stop with helping people become better consumers; it’s essential, as I’ve said repeatedly in this book, to focus on the creation side of the equation, too.

Those skills should add up to something larger: critical thinking. The way to have an informed citizenry is by having citizens who think for themselves.

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