As I sit in a coffee shop, scrolling through my phone on social media threads such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat I am amazed at what is happening in our country.
This week has been transformational time for our country with the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. Digital literacy has played a large roll in how people within our country, as well as around the world, are able to view this transition. For example, I can sit, alone in a coffee shop, doing school work and see how thousands of Americans are celebrating, resisting, or in some cases fearing this change. I know not one of these people, yet I am brought into a very personal aspect of their life, even seeing some of these people so much as cry while they report to Snapchat the concerns that they have for where our country may be headed.
Digital literacy has taken away the thousands of miles between citizens and let them find ways to collaborate with others who either share the same viewpoints as them or to learn from those who do not. Regardless of who anyone voted for it is amazing to see that something as simple as the internet allowing thousands of people, who do not know one another, to plan ways to come together and stand up for what they believe in.
That being said, I am saddened to see that there are some people that take this notion to a whole new level when they do not use judgement prior to pushing the send button. We live in a country where we have the freedom to say how we feel and stand up for what we believe in, we do not however live in a country where it should be okay to hide behind computer screens and post things that are meant to intentionally harm other people.
I myself do not feel as though I have ever made a post that has been of intention to harm the feelings of others. I do however, feel as though I have seen articles posted about our new President that argue my point as to how I feel about him and immediately retweeted, favorited, or quoted them without first checking to see if the article came from a trustworthy source. It is so easy to find things in today’s day and age that agree with our thoughts or that make our viewpoints seem correct. It is much harder to find those things that still support our opinions and are 100% truthful, but in an effort to stop what is happening on social media recently I will strive to take that extra time and make sure what I post is truthful, tasteful and honest while still conveying a personal opinion.
#WeeklyPlay #BEDUC476 #FactCheckFirst
Being able to fact check and make sure that what you are reading and seeing is honest and true can be difficult and it left me needing to find ways to teach me how to do this. I was led to factcheck.org and found an article that shows ways in which you can ensure that things you see online are honest, and if not, show you ways to spot if the things you are reading are bogus.