Merging Media and Science: Learning to Weigh Sources, Not Just Evidence
by Marlene Thier — 2005
Today we are all bombarded with powerful images, words, and sounds from various media, designed to win our hearts and minds. As adults, we have life’s experiences, the advantages of age, and often higher education as filters to help us navigate these powerful messages. Young people, at very confusing times in their lives, are trying to figure out who they are and what the world is about. How can we, as adults, help young people figure out the impact of media on their decision making, and how can we help them to use the lens of skepticism to be sure they maintain control over their life’s choices? An analytical approach to evidence is essential with the mass media.
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