Media literacy as failure?

Will Partin has written a post on the QAnon media literacy, What if modern conspiracy theorists are altogether too media literate?. A long-ish read that is well worth it, it reminded me of Whitney Phillips’s talk at the Digital Methods Initiative Winter school in 2019 and her contentions about media literacy. It raises challenging questions about how to challenge this or to even think about media literacy education.

I was also thinking about this while reading Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett’s article, Helen Keller: why is a TikTok conspiracy theory undermining her story?, and the readings of Helen Keller. I do agree with her conclusions but think that this can be understood as another failure in media literacy. Do we need to consider media literacy for a post-digital age?

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