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Power of the press without concurrent accountability

Peggy Drexler said:

The problem with social media, and our dependence on it, is that it allows people to present and receive whatever angle they want, biased or not, fair or not. It’s the “power of the press” without the objectivity or accountability demanded of the actual press. And it has enabled a dangerous vigilantism that makes those who use that power no different from the ones they are supposedly rallying against. Think about it.

via http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/17/opinions/drexler-espn-reporter-britt-mchenry/index.html

I think that second sentence is a pretty powerful one. Worth talking about with our students…

Students that learn digital citizenship at school are more likely to practice it at home

the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College queried 967 juniors and seniors from 28 high schools in California about what [Joseph] Kahne calls “sort of a day-to-day skill set.” The students, who came from urban, rural, and suburban districts, were asked how often they were asked in class to assess the trustworthiness of information; how often they were required to use the internet to get information about political or social issues; how often they were required to find different points of view about those issues; and how often they were asked to create something and publish it on the web.

“We found that, when young people are required to do those things–when they’re part of the school assignments or the classroom content–the students became more likely to do those things during their discretionary time,” Kahne explains. “The kids who had been given assignments that required them to find different points of view online were more likely to be exposed to different points of view outside of school–which makes sense. If you teach someone how to do something well, or highlight the need to do it, they’re more likely to do it.”

via http://thejournal.com/Articles/2012/04/09/Rethinking-digital-citizenship.aspx?p=1


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