We live in a world today where information is always at our finger tips. 10 years ago the technological advances that we have today seemed almost unimaginable however, today they are helping us to learn and spread ideas faster than ever. The article, Media and News Literacy, explains this phenomena best as “The democratization of social media allows for more participation and interaction related to the news than ever.” While there are many advantages that news literacy and social media can bring to everyone, it is also a double edged sword that bring some major disadvantages.
The first advantage this #metaliteracy brings is that ability for the entire world to communicate at the click of a button. With this it gives everyone the ability to give and receive information. This gives the average person the ability to publish their ideas and opinions while being able to interact with others giving people different outlets to learn new information. A perfect example of this sharing of ideas and information would be this MOOC that we are doing right now. This program allows us the engage, share and learn information online within a community. This program gives the people out there that are not professionals the ability to share and learn about new ideas and news topics through social media.
Another advantage of the democratization of social media is the availably of information. We no longer need to wait until the next day to get the news paper to hear about news but we can now get it through twitter updates or online news articles. This stream of constant information allows to be educated while being able to make informed decisions to this information being presented to us.
Although there are many advantages to #metaliteracy there are also some disadvantages. While ability to spread information is a valuable tool, it still leaves room for the possibility of wrong information being spread quickly. For example, the man who lied about the flooding of the New York Stock Exchange building during Hurricane Sandy. This information was spread quickly to tons of people creating a mass panic however, was eventually proved to be false. This is an obvious problem of the world of social media because we are not always able to tell what is in fact true.
A final disadvantage of #metaliteracy and social media is the actual social side of it. Though having relationships with people through social media sites is a way of interacting with people, the ability to talk behind a computer might begin to dissolute the actual relationships that people have in real life. The danger in this is that communication and relationships of human beings might become ones that only partake behind a computer screen.