Dr. Gramma Karen: Professor Chiara, in your recent online lecture, “What is the Future of Social of Media?”, I was particularly struck by your emphasis on how many of us, as media consumers being barraged with misinformation, need to assume responsibility for our own media literacy. Let’s start with how you define media literacy.
Professor Chiara: Traditionally, media literacy has meant the ability to access, analyze, and evaluate different forms of media (such as printed materials, television programming, and radio broadcasts). In other words, being able to interpret and think critically about the media you are seeking and consuming. In the modern age, however, it has become so much more.