Saturday, June 06, 2009

Why Teach Social Media? A Case for Media Literacy

Howard Rheingold has been teaching social media to Berkeley and Stanford students for about five years and has been consumed with the question "are personal computers and Internet-based communications good for us as individuals, communities, democracies?" He answers that question: "it depends on what people know about how to use these tools." Whether digital media will be beneficial or destructive in the long run doesn't depend on the technologies, but on the literacy of those who use them.

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