Media and information literacy: Evaluating misinformation and fake news in a complex world

Alice Y. L. Lee

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The 2019 COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace at which the world is moving into smart cities. People are going to live a media and artificial intelligence life in the coming “all Internet world”. Unfortunately, the new era is also a post-truth world in which fake news is widely circulated, and personal belief is more important than facts. This chapter discusses the role of media and information literacy (MIL) education in meeting the challenge of the so-called “infodemic”. It puts forward an MIL strategy that includes three thinking skills (i.e., critical, reflective, and positive thinking) and a scout mindset. In handling misinformation and fake news, simply mastering analytical skills is insufficient. It is also essential to eliminate people’s confirmation bias.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSoft Skills and Hard Values
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting Education's 21st Century Challenges
EditorsKerry J. Kennedy, Margarita Pavlova, John Chi-Kin Lee
Place of PublicationLondon and New York
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781003219415
ISBN (Print)9781032113364, 9781032113357
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameRoutledge Series on Life and Values Education


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