Uninformed in the Information Age: Why Media Necessitate Critical Thinking Education
by J. Lynn McBrien — 2005
Much has been written about the power of media to influence the public through instruments of advertising and a variety of venues (Considine & Haley, 1999; Cortés, 2000; Kilbourne, 1999). In this chapter, I have chosen to use a singular media focus—news—to support the critical importance of teaching media literacy skills to students. I offer analyses of, in particular, news reports about the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (UN WCAR) in 2001 and media representations of terrorism and Muslims since September 2001, to underscore the need for critical thinking skills and media education.
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