Like us on Facebook. Add us on Twitter. Check our website online. With the current development of digital and virtual interaction, it is almost impossible to do without media. One key foundation of publicity that is found among the corporate world, religious institutions, educational facilities, healthcare structures, and governmental organizations lies in recognition on some sort of media, especially social media. Social media affects all facets of our lives, be it education, entertainment, politics, information among many. While social media is a great source for news, entertainment and friendship, it also negatively influences our understanding of situations and deters metaliteracy, if not used in the right way.
Howard Rheingold explains what he does on Twitter, “To me, successful use of Twitter comes down to tuning and feeding. And by successful, I mean that I gain value – useful information, answers to questions, new friends and colleagues – and that the people who follow me gain value in the form of entertainment, useful information, and some kind of ongoing relationship with me. To oversimplify, I think successful use of Twitter means knowing how to tune the network of people you follow, and how to feed the network of people who follow you.”Rheingold acknowledges the networking experience he has with people as well as the useful information he gets via Twitter. But when does this information become nonsensically harmful?
Before many bits of news information hit formal platforms, Facebook and Youtube has it first. Due to the democratization of media, citizen journalism has become more rampant. Nowadays, many people do not necessarily “sit and wait” for the 7 o’clock news to show up before knowing the breaking news Thanks to media, mother hears the death of all-time great singer A from daughter, whose friend sent her a confirmation text via a post from his Facebook friend. This news therefore becomes no new news to mother if she hears it again on TV (since TV gives the credible information, she believes). What if the 7 o’clock news shows a live interview with this so-called deceased singer? Then it reveals the danger of false information which potential citizen journalists may share. The worst happens when the legitimate information sharers adopt false information from these citizen journalists. This is one big reason why #metaliteracy is an important element in our digital world today. The ability to identify, gather, evaluate and have a scope of the information you read is essential.