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On (Online) Falsehoods: Everyone Wants “Media Literacy”. But How Should We Actually Teach Or Inculcate It?

Yet this assumption that media literacy is the long-term panacea for falsehoods in general remains unchallenged. And problematically too it also avoids the harder and more meaningful questions of how exactly to teach or to inculcate media literacy, and how the effectiveness of these programmes can be determined. After all, promoting such discourse can be unsettling, especially when notions of what constitutes “truth” are confronted. In the Singaporean context, however, the much-needed discourse on media literacy and public education can be guided by three related questions: First, the extent to which existing media literacy programmes been effective (or not); second, whether we are willing to re-examine traditional approaches to media literacy as we know it, while acknowledging instances of failure; and third, how we might involve teachers and their schools – who were hardly represented in this consultative process – more constructively in the future. Continue reading

To Fight “Fake News”, The “How” Matters Too

In the fight against misinformation and disinformation, few will disagree with “the need for media outlets to verify their sources to avoid spreading falsehoods, and for readers to examine what they read with a critical eye” (ST, Sept. 2), though perhaps two further points on the “how” should not go unnoticed: First, how should readers – especially with the explosion of news and information – go about reading more critically, and how should media outlets prioritise their stories or verify their sources; and second, what role should the government, also the chief newsmaker in Singapore, play? After all, the false report in the “Australian Teacher Magazine” was but one of two incidents in the past week. The Malaysian Health Ministry, after the death of a Singaporean in a hit-and-run accident in Johor Bahru, has taken issue with claims of treatment delay and payment. Continue reading

Diverse Internet Cannot Be Dichotomised

Reading about how “the Internet has brought out the best and worst in Singaporeans” (TODAY, Apr. 18) – with the sparking of positive societal change on one side and the proliferation of lynch mobs and vigilantes on the other – was disappointing, because this dichotomised characterisation of the Internet space in Singapore is hardly accurate. Moreover such diversity in opinions is not unique to the Internet too. Stringing together disparate anecdotes the commentary also provided few valuable insights, besides a survey which reaffirmed the high rates of Internet penetration and usage in the country. Continue reading

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