Matteo Zachetti makes a very good point. It is important for us to become more “media literate” because the opportunities and needs to communicate through media have grown. I agree with this. In the past, we had limited ways to consume information. But now, the ways in which we can access information has grown tremendously. We are almost constantly being “attacked” in a way, with information-its a daily process that we don’t even realize. Thus, becoming more aware of our information consumption process (meta-literacy) and becoming a better consumer of knowledge, will greatly benefit us as students. For example, in class we learned many ways to evaluate the authenticity of a source. This is very helpful because there is a lot of bad information out there that we must be aware of. On the flip side, we must take it upon ourselves to become better media producers. This includes unintentionally and intentionally putting information out there that we know is “unhealthy.” For example, in class we learned about copyright law. Its very important as producers that we give credit where credit is due-in the form of a bibliography. We must know that we are part of the problem, if we are not part of the solution, when producing information.
I believe it is very important to think about thinking. Understanding one’s thought process can help them try different routes to learning a concept when they are stuck on that concept and don’t seem to be “getting” it. For example, in math, when learning about functions, there are a few different ways to think about the concept. You can think about it visually(with a graph) or analytically or as a block box etc. There are often many different representations to the same concept and one must be aware of which concept they access when thinking about that subject. This is the case in information literacy. We are learning in class that there are many ways of obtaining information. In class, we learned about database searching which to me is one of the coolest ways of looking for information. In the past, I would mainly use google (as I’m sure most people do) to find information. But this is not always the best approach. After being shown a new way of thinking about finding information, I am better able to find what I want to know. Unfortunately in society these days, thinking is not as valuable as one might think. We do not pay our philosophers hundreds of thousands of dollars (although the paycheck of an occupation is only one measure of its worth, I think this puts things in perspective.) In the past, philosophers were revered by many. Often they had their own schools and followings. They were employed by the most powerful people people of their time. It is important for us as a society to realize that in order to grow as a society, we need to put more emphasis on thinking and thinking about our own thinking.
Currently in Info Lit and we did not do well on our RAT and IFAT. The hilarious names aside, this class is a lot of fun! If youre into information literacy that is.
Being literate at something, means having a standard of comprehension towards that subject. Meta literacy means, to me, thinking about the standards of comprehension of a subject. In regards to information literacy, it means thinking about the standard of comprehension of obtaining and processing information. If I become more aware of how I am obtaining and processing information, and if I understand to what standard of comprehension I must adhere, it will save me time and energy in the future. I am not sure what I hope to get out of this course. I hope that I will learn something that will be of use to me in the future.
“To err is human, to forgive, divine.”