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An extremely interesting part of media literacy is mass communication. We do not realize how heavily influenced we are by mass communication, which can lead to some bias as well. Mass communication, though sometimes tricky to understand, allows us to become more informed and media literate. There are so many sources out there that can help inform us more on not only mass communication but media bias as well.

What is Media Literacy and why is it Important? https://minitex.umn.edu/news/2021-04/what-media-literacy-and-why-it-important Minitex, What is Media Literacy and why is it Important? January 14, 2021

This source gives us an introduction to media literacy itself. For those who may not already know what media literacy is, this source will offer a great introduction to them. In order to fully understand some of the other aspects of media literacy, it is important to first have a baseline. This source offers many examples of what media literacy does for us. It is also simple and to the point, so it does not cause many headaches to those learning.

Introduction to Communication https://courses.lumenlearning.com/introductiontocommunication/chapter/media-literacy/ Lumen, Introduction to Communication. NA

Stepping more into the topic, this source gives an introduction on mass communication. What is mass communication and why does it matter. This source will teach the reader about the power of mass communication. It also serves as an “introduction” to the importance of filtering information and understanding content. It is also supported by many other sources. This source does go more in-depth than the first and offers the reader tons of new and useful information. 

What is the Function? https://socialsci.libretexts.org/Bookshelves/Communication/Introduction_to_Communication/Introduction_to_Communication_(Paynton_and_Hahn)/08%3A_Mass_Communication/8.04%3A_Functions_of_Mass_Communication Libretexts, Functions of Mass Communication. January 3, 2021

To understand more about what mass communication is, we need to learn about its purpose in the media. This source looks at the major functions that mass media serves. With the help of other credible sources, it gives a great overview of the functions and what they are. Though the last source was introducing communication, this source gives us a more in-depth look which is very helpful for the reader.

More on Function https://www.getmyuni.com/articles/functions-of-mass-communication  Getmyuni, Functions of Mass Communication. January 13, 2022

Another look into the functions of mass communication. It is extremely important to understand why mass communication is important in the media. This source looks at functions, but also provides more great information. Learning more about examples of mass media and media literacy functions will be beneficial to the reader. It offers more information on the characteristics of mass media and how to recognize it. The reader will learn a great deal from this source; it will help them to dig even deeper on media literacy. 

The Theories of Mass Communication Libraries, Functions and Theories of Mass Communication.

This source starts to give us a look into the downside of mass communication. It talks of the bias that comes along with mass communication, and how media literacy plays into that. I really liked this source because it includes a reference section. This source is also interactive, as it gives an “assignment” at the end in order to test the reader’s understanding. These aspects of this source lead me to trust its credibility. We will begin to look more into bias and how that plays a part in all of this. 

Introduction to Bias https://arbiteronline.com/2020/09/18/media-literacy-understanding-bias-in-a-digital-world-dictated-by-apps-and-algorithms/ The Arbiter, Understanding Bias. September 18, 2020

We are digging deeper into the world of media literacy and its functions. This source gives the reader an introduction on what bias is and how it functions. Though this source is written in more of a blog style, I do not let that scare me away. I often enjoy learning from a different perspective that is not as formal. We will still learn important and valuable information from this source. It gives us a good introduction to bias in the media. 

The Dangers https://sites.psu.edu/global/2019/02/02/communication-the-dangers-of-bias/ Penn State, The Dangers of Bias. February 2, 2019

This source gives us a look into further into the dangers of bias. What does bias function do? How does it harm us? An extremely important part of media literacy is recognizing bias. This source shows how bias is not only important to recognize in the media, but also in normal communication. Through this reading, we will get a much better understanding about bias. 

 Recognize it https://rantt.com/media-literacy-101 Rantt Media, How to Identify Fake News and Media Bias. August 22, 2020

So we have established that there is bias in the media. Now what? This source will teach us what to look for. We will better understand how to identify if there is bias in the media. It also again gives us a brief description of what fake news and media bias actually is. It will also give a brief history of the media and fake news. Being able to learn and recognize more about media bias will greatly impact the reader.

Additional Source https://today.ku.edu/2022/01/31/ku-studies-show-media-literacy-can-reduce-stereotypes-readers-mass-communication-research University of Kansas, Media Literacy can Reduce Stereotypes. January 31, 2022

This source is another additional reading about mass media and media literacy. However, it focuses more on stereotypes within the media. Though it may seem like we have already learned much about these topics, more does not hurt. This source allows us to focus on a different angle, to better understand the media overall. We also learn more about who the larger masses in the media are: who is creating mass communication throughout the media. 

Lets Practice https://www.northeastern.edu/graduate/blog/media-literacy-activities-for-college-students/ Northeastern University, 5 Media Literacy Activities for College Students. October 6, 2020

We made it! The last source focuses on practice. We can read and read all we want, but in order to fully understand media literacy, we need to practice. This source gives us activities to better our media literacy skills. We will practice things like dissecting a website, exploring different search engines, using different mediums, etc. This source is meant more for fun and practice than anything else. It allows us to put our newly discovered knowledge to the test. Practicing these things is extremely important, and is something that more college students should be doing…even if they aren’t in a media literacy course. 

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