What is the responsibility of the citizen with regards to fake news and what role, if any, has media literacy to play in this informational fault line? Digital development and social media have made the citizen an active participant of the mass media with the most common illustrations of our involvement being the ability to share, comment, and like. Does the new public influence in media come with personal accountability? Media Literacy is traditionally defined as the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media. However, considering how new ways of communication have revolutionized the media, should the approach and the tools we use to teach it be reformulated and adapted? Is it time for the citizen to learn how to use medialiteracy tools by themselves as a way of understanding how they are contributing to the proliferation of fake news? How information is used to influence us? Would we be receptive to media literacy education attempts in the context of social media where most fake news are shared? Online, we look to connect, we seek to increase our visibility, and we enjoy having our own world views confirmed in an environment that can easily turn into an echo-chamber.
Being self-critical is one of the most difficult things in the world, how do we surmount the obstacle in this labyrinthine media environment? How can we tackle the challenge of fake news which ultimately puts democracy to the test?
This session will gather speakers from different horizons to tackle the question, with each perspective possibly being the road to better understanding of the situation and last but not least, solutions.