Danah Boyd's look at Media Literacy

I’m still watching this whole video but… I’ve already seen some powerful observations. Extremely relevant to the current media making landscape and the State of the Internet. She’s eloquently expresses some of the concerns I have that motivated me to relaunch AA.

TL;DR – Part 1. Media Literacy doesn’t work. Or at least it doesn’t accomplish what people think it does.

Lies spread faster than the truth

From the scientific paper The spread of true and false news online published in Science in 2018:

We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Making your own media teaches you how to find facts and remain skeptical.

The Return of Audio Activism

The last time I wrote here was over ten years ago. A lot in the world, and my life, has changed. Sadly the manipulation of our minds by the mainstream media has not. In fact it’s gotten a lot worse.

This post isn’t about chronicling all the ways the world has changed. Just to acknowledge it and to say “Howdy!”. I hope to make more in the Audio Activism style and share it here. My goal is still to teach others how to make their own media and share my point of view along the way.

(A lot of the information on AudioActivism.org is very outdated. I leave it here as a historical record. Hopefully it’ll help illustrate what’s improved and what hasn’t.)

Edit: The mainstream media isn’t the only force of manipulation in the world right now. Lots of individuals and groups are using the power of the Internet to do the same. When I first dreamed of the power of the Internet being used for good to help artists I knew it was “The wild west”. But I saw a glass half full. So did others. Many of us now see it half empty. The fight to keep the Wild Wild Web safe for everyone seems never ending.