Thinking about Social Movements

This weekend, post the inauguration of Donald Trump, I am reflecting on the importance of social movements and how the digital literacy is incredibly important. I follow Vox, who posted a photo comparison between the 2009 inauguration and the one held the other day, there was substantially less people at the inauguration for Donald Trump as there were for President Obama. All this is happening while Trump is claiming record crowds. It makes me reflect on the importance of the digital world and how important fact checking and proof actually is. In on of our readings this week I found this quote especially true of for the future generation, “Fostering such social skills and cultural competencies requires a more systemic approach to media education in the United States. Everyone involved in preparing young people to go out into the world has contributions to make in helping students acquire the skills they need to become full participants in our society. Schools, after-school programs, and parents have distinctive roles to play as they do what they can in their own spaces to encourage and nurture these skills.” (Jenkins, 4). We must teach our students how to fact check, how to interact, and contribute to the content of the internet in a productive way, it is part of our CIVIC DUTY!



3 thoughts on “Thinking about Social Movements

  1. I actually looked at the same picture that you are referring too regarding Donald Trump’s inauguration and President Obama’s. I was very intrigued to see these pictures and was thankful for them. I do however wonder if all of the information was accurate. It is so hard for me to trust much of anything that I see on the internet and appreciate that you addressed this in your blog post. What ways do you fact check? I am excited to learn more about finding valid information online in this class.


    1. That is a very good question, I think that I find a trust worthy source, such as Vox and trust the facts there. Another element of this also consists of the fact checking done in a participatory culture that Vox allows on their site of accredited peoples whose voices are trusted. The compilation of all these things help me determine what is an “accurate” source.


  2. I also cross check: The image, the statements from the park service and the metro transit people, multiple news sources on the ground reporting.

    It can be tempting to fall into the “we can’t trust anything” mindset and some of the flood of information we’re getting is intended to discourage us in just those ways. We can get much smarter about this than we are. I’m grateful these conversations are happening.


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